Nippon Telegraph and Telephone (NTT) India is in advanced talks to ink multi-year contracts with leading enterprises for offering private 5G managed services across the country. NTT is based out of Japan. NTT India-a wholly-owned arm of NTT Japan, primarily offering IT infrastructure and data centre services, and is now readying to also offer private 5G as a managed service to enterprise clients.

Reportedly, NTT India plans to operate in the country purely as a consultant to help enterprise clients secure private 5G permits/airwaves from the government and roll out private 5G networks for captive use and will not directly apply to the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) for a private 5G services permit or private 5G spectrum in India.

According to industry estimates, the potential market size of private 5G services in India is pegged at around $570 million by 2026. The segment is estimated to grow at around 35 per cent compounded annually over the next three years. The developments come at a time when Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), in its 5G discussion paper, has sought industry views on whether some 5G spectrum should be set aside for private networks (for automotives and other industrial uses) and how to price such airwaves.