- Airtel conducts 5G trials in Mumbai’s Lower Parel.
- The 5G trials in India were carried using Nokia’s 5G gear.
- Airtel achieved a speed of 1.2 Gbps with ultra-low latency during the 5G trials.
India Telecom major Bharti Airtel and its Finnish telecom gear maker Nokia have switched on their 5G field trial network in Mumbai’s Lower Parel area. The company will soon start its 5G trials in Kolkata.
Airtel is conducting the 5G trials in the 3500 MHz band using 5G gear from Nokia. As per some sources, the 5G trials in India have delivered speeds of over 1 Gbps with ultra-low latency.
The Department of Telecommunication (DoT) had recently allotted a 5G trial spectrum to Airtel in 3500 MHz, 25 GHz, and 700 MHz in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Bengaluru to develop India-relevant use cases on the next-gen fast wireless broadband technology. In addition, DoT had also allotted spectrum to Jio and Vodafone Idea in the same bands.
Airtel is the first telecom company to test 5G over a live network in Hyderabad using liberalized spectrum in an 1800 MHz band. The company’s network is sufficiently ready to launch commercial 5G services shortly after the availability of an adequate range.
Vodafone Idea, India’s third-largest telecom operator, had also started 5G trials in Pune and Gandhinagar. Vodafone is conducting 5G trials in India with the partnership of European vendors Ericsson and Nokia, as per the company’s MD and CEO Ravinder Takkar.
Jio had also started its 5G trials in Navi Mumbai to test its indigenously developed own 5G technology.
5G trial spectrum allotment is crucial for Jio and Airtel. They already have 5G-ready networks and bulked up on essential airwaves for the recent auction to provide the surge in data usage amid the pandemic and future-proof their companies ahead of 5 rollouts in India.