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5G Needs To Happen Faster in India, Says Top Intel Executive

For 5G to happen faster in India, the company will make desired contributions

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Top Intel Executive said that India needs to roll out 5G faster in order to take advantage of the economic benefits it can bring to the nation. Pixabay

India needs to roll out 5G faster in order to take advantage of the economic benefits it can bring to the nation, a top Intel executive said here on Monday.

“For 5G to happen, the network needs to move from proprietary-fixed, function-based — which is what it is today in most parts — to open standards-based scalabale, programmeble, agile and Cloud-centric network. As Cloud is elastic, so should be the network,” Prakash Mallya, Vice President and Managing Director, Sales and Marketing Group — Intel India, told IANS on the sidelines of the India Mobile Congress (IMC) 2019 here.

According to industry leaders, spectrum auction and pricing are two biggest concerns that need to be addressed for faster 5G roll out.

During the keynote address, IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said that spectrum auction will be done within the current financial year, assuring the industry that the government is bringing some reforms in spectrum pricing as well. “5G is the order of the day. We have given permission to companies for 5G trials,” Prasad told the audience.

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For 5G to happen faster in India, Intel also must come together. Pixabay

According to a forecast by industry body GSMA, 5G connections in India are set to reach 88 million by 2025, equivalent to around seven per cent of the total connections base in the country.

This will leave India trailing its regional peers such as China, that is set to see almost 30 per cent of its total connections base on 5G by 2025.

For 5G to happen faster in India, the industry also must come together, said Mallya.

“Industry must come together for 5G to happen faster. That is why we engage with the ecosystem — Nokia and Ericsson are great examples of our partnerships, enabling usages across different verticals,” the Intel executive said, adding that the company builds technology for every piece of the network.

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Intel is playing the role of a catalyst in enabling 5G. Pixabay

Intel is also working proactively with the government towards creating standards for 5G.

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“Intel is playing the role of a catalyst in enabling 5G. We are working with all the telecom operators in the country,” Mallya noted. (IANS)

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Google Having Access to Fitbit’s Data a Privacy Risk: EDPB

Google accessing Fitbit data major privacy risk: EU advisors

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EDPB was warned the European Commission of the potential privacy risks of Google having access to Fitbit's data. Pixabay

The European Data Protection Board (EDPB) was warned the European Commission of the potential privacy risks of Google having access to Fitbit’s data.

This comes in the wake of the tech giant’s plan to scoop up the health and activity data of millions of Fitbit users, months after its parent company Alphabet acquired it.

Regulators are in the process of considering whether to allow the tech giant to gobble up all this data, TechCrunch reported on Thursday.

In a statement, the board writes: “There are concerns that the possible further combination and accumulation of sensitive personal data regarding people in Europe by a major tech company could entail a high level of risk to the fundamental rights to privacy and to the protection of personal data.”

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Regulators are in the process of considering whether to allow Google to gobble up all this data, TechCrunch reported on Thursday. Pixabay

It is pertinent to note that, as it stands today, Google is still waiting on regulatory approval for its Fitbit acquisition.

In the EU, how privacy is handled will have a huge impact on whether or not the deal goes through.

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The EDPB also leaves a reminder that Google and Fitbit are obligated to conduct a transparent assessment of “the data protection requirements and privacy implications” regarding this merger. The US Justice Department has also raised concerns, according to 9to5Google.

Aplphabet-Google acquired Fitbit as a whole for $2.1 billion late last year, a deal that includes the user data of Fitbit customers including activity, sleep, location, and other health data. (IANS)