Ericsson to boost manufacturing capabilities in India


Ericsson and its local partners Jabil locally produce 4G and 5G radios, RAN Compute as well as microwave products

Swedish vendor Ericsson said it is scaling up the production capacity and operations with its partner Jabil in Pune, with the aim of meeting the needs of 5G network deployments in India.

Ericsson and Jabil locally produce 4G and 5G radios and Radio Access Network compute as well as microwave products.

“As 5G gets introduced in India, we are ramping up production of our 5G telecom equipment in Pune in a phased manner, to support the network deployments of Indian telecom service providers. The production in India is part of our global production footprint with a presence across continents. This footprint has enabled us to secure a global, flexible, and resilient supply chain to respond quickly to market and customer needs, whereby India also benefits,” said Nunzio Mirtillo, head of market area Southeast Asia, Oceania and India at Ericsson.

Ericsson noted that the production ramp-up will expand operations with high-technology production and will also generate employment for around 2,000 people in Pune.

Ericsson India is also establishing a technology center, which will focus on new product introduction and production engineering to secure high-quality standards, testing/integration, and supply preparations on early-phase products, as well as operational support to ensure efficient 5G development and deployment in India.

Local carriers Bharti Airtel and Reliance Jio Infocomm have selected Ericsson as their partner to deploy 5G networks in the country.

These two telcos have recently started to gradually deploy 5G across India.

Reliance Jio Infocomm already launched the beta trial of its 5G services in parts of Mumbai, Varanasi, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Chennai, Nathdwara, Pune, Gurugram, Noida, Ghaziabad, Faridabad and Gujarat.

In October, Bharti Airtel launched 5G services in Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Siliguri, Nagpur and Varanasi. The telco’s 5G offering is also currently available in parts of Gurugram, Panipat, Guwahati and Patna, among other cities.

Airtel is currently using equipment from Ericsson, Nokia and Samsung to provide 5G services. The Indian operator had secured a total of 19,800 megahertz of spectrum in the 900 MHz, 1.8 GHz, 2.1 GHz, 3.3 GHz and 26 GHz bands.

Meanwhile, Vodafone Idea is currently in talks with several venders for the supply of 5G gear. The telco is also seeking to obtain financial resources for the launch of its 5G network.

Indian state-owned telecom operator Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) could launch 5G services by August of next year, according to recent press reports.

5G subscriptions in India are expected to reach 31 million at the end of this year, according to the latest edition of the Ericsson Mobility report.

The Ericsson report also forecasted that 5G subscribers in the Asian nation will reach 690 million at the end of 2028.


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