5G will need thousands of engg, software talent

5G will need thousands of engg, software talentThe Indian telecom sector may be passing through a chaotic phase right now, but the much anticipated 5G rollout is certain to create a lot of job opportunities. 5G, the fifth generation spectrum wave, is not an incremental upgrade, but a replacement technology that will bring in many more devices on board, make IoT realise its true potential, and enhance mobile broadband.

Talent solutions company Xpheno’s recent report on 5G in India lists a host of engineering as well as software roles that will be created as part of the 5G rollout. India hopes to begin the pilot 5G phase by October. “It’s going to bring a variety of enterprises together – right from semiconductor companies to telecom equipment makers, software firms that have set up 5G labs to provide required support, to the actual telecom companies who are the flag-bearers of this technology transition,” says Kamal Karanth, co-founder, Xpheno.

Xpheno pegs the initial 5G talent demand in India to be over 150,000. Roles can be roughly divided into technical and software. “The first players would be telecom engineers who would work in the core 5G network to set up the base infrastructure. Today, we have the typical mobile towers. With 5G, you will start seeing what you call small cell equipment, put up, for instance, on street lamps,” says Xpheno CTO Prasadh M S.

5G will also need hybrid engineers, those with multiple skill sets. “Service providers at all levels are going to ask, can he or she come with multiple talents across devices, across open source, across familiarity with IoT,” says Prasadh.

For a software engineer, there will be opportunities because 5G will create a lot of data for businesses and others. Which means that machine learning algorithms, especially for big data, are going to be an important requirement. 5G will require its own security protocols. “Machine learning, big data experts with knowledge of node.js (a JavaScript runtime environment that works well with 5G and IoT devices), cyber security experts updated on latest 5G protocols, those up-to-date on GPS technology, IoT specialists and embedded electronics engineers, all can find an entry into 5G,” says Gaurav Vohra, CEO of Jigsaw Academy. “Most of the hiring will be by telecom service providers and IoT companies,” he says.