India is Nokia's third-largest market for 6G standardization engagement: Nishant Batra

India is Nokia's third-largest market for 6G

Nishant Batra, the Chief Strategy and Technology Officer at Nokia, praised the Indian government's approach to 6G airwaves and claimed that India has overtaken China as the company's third-largest partner in the development of 6G standards.

Batra told PTI at Mobile World Congress that Nokia has begun hiring top talent in its Bengaluru office with expertise in 6G standardization, and that India has moved up to Nokia's third biggest nation for involvement in 6G standardization.

The time has already come for India to identify the 6G spectrum, according to our observations. The government's action is very progressive and promising. I'm actually pleased to report that in this instance, it is going above and beyond what I'm doing what the rest of the world is," Batra said. A Technology Innovation Group on 6G (TIG-6G) was established by the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) on November 1, 2021, with representatives from various Ministries/Departments, R&D organizations, Telecom Service Providers, and industry to develop the vision, mission, and goals for 6G as well as the roadmap and action plans for 6G in India.

According to a previous official announcement, the TIG-6G has formed six Task Forces on Multi-Disciplinary Innovative Solutions, Multiplatform Next Generation Networks, Spectrum for Next Generation Requirements, Devices, International Standards Contribution, and Funding Research and Development with representatives from industry, academia, R&D institutions, and the government.

According to the statement, India is also participating in the 6G visioning exercise being conducted by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU).

When questioned about India's 5G development and how it affects the business strategically, According to Batra, Nokia is currently shifting its production towards India.

India is quickly becoming one of this decade's biggest internet opportunities. From the entire technology stack, including the 5G networks and applications, Batra said.

Sales for Nokia India grew by 25% in the December 2022 quarter from 1.03 billion euros to 1.29 billion euros.

Due to the quick deployment of the 5G network, India was the second-latest market for Nokia during the December 2022 quarter.

India is generating so much enthusiasm that it's difficult to comprehend. India entered the 5G market late but with a flourish. If the rollout proceeds at the same speed, it will keep us very busy for at least the next 2.5 to 4 years,' Batra said.

Batra is in charge of corporate strategy, technology architecture, groundbreaking research at Nokia Bell Labs, centralized security domains, Nokia's information technology (IT) infrastructure and digitization efforts, and venture capital operations globally at Nokia's corporate headquarters.

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