- Telecom operators soon to begin 5G trials in India
- The government will give a 3.5 GHz spectrum for the 5G trials to the operators.
- Around the world, 118 operators in 59 countries have deployed a 5G network.
From seeking clarity around 5G spectrum auction to having submitted the 5G trial applications last month — there is a sign of relief for Indian telcos — as Reliance Jio, Vodafone Idea, Bharti Airtel and state-run Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) gear up for the green signal to kickstart 5G trials.
It seems that after being pulled up by the parliamentary committee on lack of preparedness for 5G, the department of telecommunications (DoT) is likely to announce the schedule for 5G trials in the coming few days. The DoT has already undertaken a meeting with telecom operators as well as equipment makers regarding the trials.
Accordingly, Airtel has collaborated with Huawei, ZTE, Ericsson and Nokia for 5G trials. In contrast, Reliance has partnered with Samsung and Vodafone Idea has joined hands with Huawei, ZTE, Ericsson and Nokia for 5G trials in the country.
For instance, some of the factors included thorough planning of 5G in rural, semi-urban cities and vendors’ details, maintenance, and operations.
In January, Airtel became the first telco in India to successfully “demonstrate and present” live 5G services. The demonstration took happened in Hyderabad, where the company used its existing spectrum in the 1800 MHz band to simultaneously run both 5G and 4G network in the same spectrum block.
Airtel believes that demonstration has validated its network’s 5G readiness across all sets of domains — Radio, Core and Transport — and underlined its technological capacities.
Airtel says its 5G network can deliver 10x download and upload speeds, 10x latency and 100x concurrency when compared to current technologies. In Hyderabad, people were able to download a full-length movie in mere seconds.
However, the company said that the spectrum’s full impact would be available once enough spectrums are available until the government approves the technology. The 5G network was expected to be launched in India by 2020. Still, the Indian government is yet to schedule a date for the spectrum auction.
Around the world, there are 118 operators in 59 countries that have deployed 5G network. Currently, the 5G network covers around 7% of the world population. By 2025, 20% of the world population will be covered by 5G. Countries, where 5G has been launched include the USA, Canada, UK, European Union nations, China, Japan, South Korea, Thailand, Australia, New Zealand, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain.