Reports claim that Chinese telecom giant ZTE is collaborating with top Indian telecom companies like Bharti Airtel, Vodafone India, and Reliance Jio to commence 5G technology testing in India. With India’s population, it is one of the largest wireless markets worldwide and it is the perfect site for testing this technology because it has more than enough room for expansion.
Fan Xiaobing, president of global marketing and solutions for ZTE said
“India is a very important market for us. Telecom industry is all about scale, and India offers scale. Indian telecom market will grow very fast… We are increasing our investments in India to support growth”
The likes of Huawei, Nokia, and Ericsson also manufacture telecom equipment for Indian carriers thus ZTE is trying to be a step ahead of the competition. The company is targeting local carriers that are ‘designed and customized for local needs.’ It will provide telecom equipment and products for these carriers all in a bid to drive off the competition.
By 2020, customers in India should be able to use 5G technology and the Indian government is also interested in this development. For the first time, the Indian government will auction off spectrum to carriers and this spectrum is expected to support a future 5G network. Presently, Indian carriers and ZTE are in discussions to sort out modalities in preparation for 5G backhaul which will lay a solid foundation for future 5G networks in India.