KPMG in India, in association with IMC, has today launch a report “5G driving the next growth wave for Digital India” at the India Mobile Congress 2022. This report provides a roadmap to organisations in ICT sector to re-purpose, re-engineer and re-position their offerings for an increasingly complex and demanding enterprise world.
It also offers recommendations for a successful 5G roadmap and implementation.
KEY HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE REPORT:
- Approx. 50% of Indian enterprises point towards increased budgets, especially for non-time critical communications use-cases
- More than 85% of enterprises across multiple sectors are expecting up to 20% ROI on various 5G/industry 4.0 use-cases
- Globally almost 51% of the enterprises are looking to deploy 5G in conjunction with other wired and unlicensed wireless technologies
- The top technical and operational business challenges envisaged for deploying 5G in India are network integration with legacy networks, faster technological changes (or low adaptability in a multi-vendor ecosystem), proving ROI and timelines and inconsistent network infrastructure
- Targeting efficiency, quality management and new revenue models are prime areas where 5G is expect to be deploy by enterprises
FOR A SUCCESSFUL 5G ROADMAP AND IMPLEMENTATION, FOLLOWING KEY ASPECTS COULD BE CONSIDERED:
- There is a need to get the network engine rolling, hence CSPs will need to be swift in upgrading their cores to support all forms of communications. Network upgrades need continual focus on building network slicing, edge-AI compute models, beamforming, dynamic spectrum sharing, access technology-agnostic user equipment functioning and network analytics.
- It is imperative to build and market new 5G revenue streams. While robust networks and route to market are important in the 5G monetisation journey, it is equally important to protect margins by reducing total cost of ownership (TCO) by becoming a connected enterprise where front, back and mid office are connected through cloud native architecture where the traditional OSS, BSS are transformed and made nimbler
- A forward-looking policy paradigm that focusses on increasing the access of affordable services and devices across the nation is imperative
- Rollout of 5G now needs to be backed by speedier fibre deployment to improve the tower fiberisation from current levels. Speedier inclusion of new sources from bus depots to railway stations to street poles and street furniture, agile deployment and faster maintenance of such assets will be crucial.
- R&D funding levels from the government need to improve in conjunction with policies that lay down financial incentives for participating members such as system integrators, CSPs and other infrastructure vendors
- The importance of personal data compliance is increased with 5G deployment. A viable option to improve defence against cyberattacks is to combine private network infrastructure with a zero-trust security strategy with an automated threat management system. However, a comprehensive policy can set the tone and direction of private 5G deployment in the country.
Yezdi Nagporewalla, CEO, KPMG in India, said :
The Draft Telecommunication Bill 2022 is a step in the right direction, as it consolidates the legal framework replacing existing laws with future ready legislation and aims at reducing ambiguity and promoting ease of doing business.
Purushothaman KG, Telecommunications Industry Leader, Head Digital Solutions, KPMG in India said :
The industry bodies, enterprises as well as government should consider brainstorming and building consensus on operationalizing this framework.