Tuesday, 19 October 2021

5G trial network in Mumbai by Airtel and Nokia; Trial to live go soon in Kolkata

5G trial network in Mumbai by Airtel and Nokia; Trial to live go soon in Kolkata

Earlier this year, Airtel became the first telco in India to test 5G over a live network in Hyderabad using liberalized spectrum in an 1800 MHz band.

New Delhi: Bharti Airtel and its Finnish telecom gear maker Nokia have switched on their 5G field trial network in Mumbai's Phoenix Mall in Lower Parel and will soon begin a similar trial in Kolkata sources said.

The Sunil Mittal-led telco is conducting a trial in 3500 MHz bands using 5G gear from Nokia. The tests have delivered speeds of over 1 Gbps with ultra-low latency, sources added. A Nokia India spokesperson confirmed the development.

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The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) had recently allotted a 5G trial spectrum to Airtel in 3500 MHz, 28 GHz, and 700 MHz in Delhi/NCR, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Bengaluru to start India-related use cases on the next-generation fast wireless broadband technology. The department had also allotted spectrum to Jio and Vodafone Idea in the same bands.

Earlier this year, Airtel became the first telco in India to test 5G over a live network in Hyderabad using liberalized spectrum in an 1800 MHz band. Airtel's network is adequately ready to launch commercial 5G services in the country 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 in partnership with European vendors Ericsson and Pune.

Reliance Jio, India's top telco, had also kicked off its 5G trials in Navi Mumbai to test its own 5G technology.

Allotment of the 5G trial spectrum is particularly crucial for Jio and Airtel. They already have 5G-ready networks and have recently bulked up on essential airwaves for the recent auction to cater to the burst in data usage amid Covid and future-proof themselves ahead of 5G rollouts.