Ericsson has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with IIT Delhi to jointly work on a program for 5G technology development in India. Under the agreement, Ericsson will set up a center of excellence with a 5G test bed and incubation center at IIT Delhi and use this facility to drive the development of the country's 5G ecosystem.
The first series of tests under this program are due to begin in the second half of 2017 and will place India on par with other developed countries in terms of 5G network and application deployment. Globally, limited deployment and 5G trials are expected to start by mid-2018 while commercial availability is slated for 2020.
This program has been conceptualized to fast-track realization of Digital India initiatives and aid application development for Indian start-ups and industries. In addition to hosting the center of excellence, IIT Delhi will conduct research and development to explore how some of the country's challenges can be addressed with mobile technologies.