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Debika Bhattacharya, Telecom News, ET Telecom

Verizon, the US telecom operator, is betting heavily on private 5G networks and, with lessons learned from its home market, says it has taken a balanced approach and would work with businesses and telecom operators. In an interaction with ETTelecom’s Muntazir Abbas, Debika Bhattacharya, Senior Vice President of 5G and Enterprise Solutions to Verizon Enterprise discussions on partnerships with Finland’s Nokia and Sweden’s Ericsson, as well as with Indian systems integrators – Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) and Infosys – and telecommunications service providers Reliance Jio and Bharti Airtel. Edited excerpts:

How does Verizon view private 5G networks given the US market experience?

In the United States, we own the spectrum. Thus, with 5G, it has multiple advantages. The high band as well as the combination of bands makes it quite interesting. There is interest from industries such as entertainment. When we look at large sports venues and facilities, we train through the cloud and calculate with real-time processing. The other thing we’re doing is, you know, what’s called expedited access – swiping our facial authentication-based gadgets, being able to let you in and out, give you access to an app. There is also a game application. With the real-time reactionary application, a lot is happening in the macrospace and in the private space. It revolved a lot around logistics, manufacturing and fault detection. Employee safety is another, you know where, especially when you work in an environment where you have robots and humans and then you can use real-time decisions to prevent an incident or make a change in microseconds. , these are some of the areas we focus on.

In various sectors, have you also worked with partners?

Yes. We therefore resell Nokia’s Digital Automation Cloud (DAC) solution which is part of our 5G portfolio. When we talked about the Visionable for hospitals, we also have UK ports associated with Nokia DAC solutions that have been deployed and we are having them integrated and upgraded in partnership with Nokia.

Do you also have partnerships with other suppliers?

We have more partnerships with other suppliers, with Ericsson, and then with a company called Salona. it is currently in the United States. Salona is at the lower end we have in the Nokia DAC and Ericsson for the very large and more complex upper networks in the US.

Who are your large private 5G customers in the US market?

We work with several large companies. Obviously, the Associated British Ports is one, the Blackrock, the new building on the financial company’s campus in New York, which is therefore being set up with 5G. We also have a partnership with Corning, the fiber optic company.

How can businesses benefit from private networks?

We work with companies to develop a total cost of ownership (TCO). There are many different ways, one there are savings and two there is revenue generation because some of them have new capabilities that they are building, some of them are infrastructure based , as with Wi-Fi, fewer radios needed compared to access points. Enterprises don’t need to wire up as many access points, and they can only have five instead of a hundred access points. So there are also operational savings.

How big is the company for Verizon?

Verizon is a $130 billion company. The largest part is the consumer who is in the United States, about 90 billion dollars. The commercial side is $32 billion.

How is your business expanding and growing in the Asia region?

We have been doing this for many years in the field of security as well as in the field of networks. We have a lot of work in Japan and Australia. We also have a hub in Singapore. So with Asia it’s interesting because there are two sides to that a lot of our American companies have operations in Asia so we still support them because we’re a global company but headquartered social is in the United States. Then we have companies based in Asia that we also work with. We have the biggest security firm in Australia and then in India as well. In India we work with system integrators like Infosys and Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) and through these companies we sell through them. But when it comes to private 5G, in Japan and Australia the government allows a wide range of private companies, so we’re working with the number of manufacturer customers in Japan and Australia, but we’ve started working and can’t not yet publicly share the names. In India, we can help companies with private 5G once the spectrum becomes available.

Do you also have partnerships with Indian carriers like Reliance Jio and Bharti Airtel?

There are a number of partnerships that we are currently entering into in India, including Reliance Jio and Bharti Airtel. We work very closely with them in terms of capacity building. You know that we buy services. Telecommunications companies buy from each other. So you know we already have these relationships in place, and as we know 5G is expected to do a lot more, Indian telecom providers are getting active or aggressive, I should say already in the 5G space.

You may hear opposition from Indian operators who say that granting spectrum to companies would be a waste of opportunity for them. What is your position?

Some companies own their own spectrum in the United States. There are pros and cons to both, but we have taken a position where we will support both and do what is right for the end customer.