Airtel 5G network test trial went live on Monday in the Lower Parel area of Mumbai. The telecom giant trialed the 5G network using Nokia’s 5G Gear at Phoenix Mall in the city. A video of Airtel’s trail network’s speed test shows that the company was able to get speeds of 1.2Gbps with ultra-low latency during the 5G test trial. It also managed to achieve upload speeds of close to 850Mbps.
When the 5G network trial was conducted in the Cyber Hub area of Gurgaon, Airtel surpassed its previous speed of 1Gbps. ET Telecom first reported this. Sources were quoted as saying that a similar trial would start soon in Kolkata. In January, Airtel became the first telecom network to successfully deploy 5G service through NSA (non-standalone) network technology on a commercial network in the 1800 MHz band in Hyderabad.
Spectrum in 4 telecom circles allotted to Airtel
The Telecom Department has allotted a spectrum to Airtel in four Indian telecom circles, including Mumbai, Kolkata, Bengaluru, and Delhi. The report said that Airtel had been allocated 5G trial spectrum in 3500 MHz, 28 GHz, and 700 MHz. Reliance Jio and Vodafone Idea (Vi) have been allotted spectrum in the 700 MHz, 3.5 GHz, and 26 GHz bands. Applicant TSP includes Airtel, Reliance Jio, Vodafone Idea, and MTNL.
Earlier this year, the Department of Telecom allowed Telecom Service Providers (TSPs) to conduct testing to use and apply 5G technology in India. TSP has tied up with original device makers and technology providers Ericsson, Nokia, Samsung, and C-DOT. The testing period, at present, is for 6 months, which includes a time of 2 months for the purchase and installation of equipment.
5G spectrum will be auctioned soon in India
Let us tell you that the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) is yet to conduct an auction for 5G spectrum in India. Earlier this year, the Standing Committee on Information Technology was informed that by the end of the calendar year 2021 or early 2022, 5G will be rolled out in India for essential purposes as there are at least 4G releases in India. Expected to stay.