IBM In Talks With Indian Telcos & Enterprises For 5G

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US software major IBM said that Indian enterprises need to evaluate their network infrastructure to be ready for the fifth generation or 5G technology.

IBM has already started discussions with Indian companies, along with Indian telecom service providers to help them define their 5G strategy, and build IBM’s capabilities around the new technology, a senior executive told Economic Times.

Archana Vemulapalli, General Manager, Network Services and IS Project & Implementation Services, IBM Global Technology Services (GTS), also told ET that in 2019, IBM’s big focus is on 5G for enterprise and the company is looking at it from the infrastructure standpoint. She further informed that IBM is really going to push their clients and make them understand the importance to adopt the new technology quickly.

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With 5G, amount of data will increase and will become more complex for enterprises, therefore their infrastructure needs to be ready, Vemulapalli said, adding that by addressing these challenges an enterprise can become a “data smart organisation.”

Besides helping enterprises plan their network upgrade, IBM is also working with them to develop services around 5G. Vemulapalli said that verticals like healthcare, automotive, heavy industries and companies working in the Internet of Things (IoT) domain are looking to transform their networks.

5G technology will offer network slicing capability, which will let operators provide portions of their networks to certain kind of applications. Vemulapalli said that telecom operators already seeing the value become the network slicing capability will help in generating additional revenue streams.

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