5G Network in India: India’s wait for 5G may finally get over in 2022- at least in some cities, to be precise. As per the Department of Telecom (DoT), 5G telecom services will be rolled out in selected cities in India next year. Telecom service providers Bharti Airtel, Reliance Jio, and Vodafone Idea have set up 5G trials sites in some cities across the country.
“These Metros and big cities would be the first places for the launch of 5G services in the country next year,” as per DoT.
13 Cities in India may get 5G network launch next year
In September 2021, DoT sent a reference to the industry regulator Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), seeking recommendations for the auction of spectrum identified for International Mobile Telecommunications (IMT)/ 5G about a price, band plan, block size, the quantum of range to be auctioned and associated conditions for auction of spectrum in 526-698 MHz, 700 MHz, 800 MHz, 900 MHz, 1800 MHz, 2100 MHz, 2300 MHz, 2500 MHz, 3300-3670 MHz and 24.25-28.5GHz bands for IMT/5G.
Frequency & Speed:
- 5G mainly works in 3 bands, low, mid, and high-frequency spectrum for those unaware. In the soft band spectrum, the speed is limited to 100 Mbps. On the other hand, the mid-band range offers higher rates than the low band but has limitations in terms of coverage area and penetration of signals.
- Internet speed in the high-band spectrum goes up to 20 Gbps. The highest internet speed in 4G has been recorded at 1Gbps.
Here’s over to the names of these cities following below:
- Lucknow and Chandigarh
- Ahmedabad and Gandhi Nagar cities
Bharti Airtel conducted India’s first 5G trial in Bhaipur Bramanan village, located on the outskirts of the Delhi-NCR region. The 5G site infrastructure was powered by Ericsson’s 3GPP-compliant 5G radio. It was carried out in the 3,500 MHz bands and existing FDD spectrum band.
In June this year, Bharti Airtel’s 5G trial network went live at Cyber Hub in Millennium city. The site operates in the 3500 MHz bands using Ericsson’s 5G gear as per DoT guidelines.
In November this year, Airtel started 5G trials in Bengaluru in the 3,500 MHz band spectrum allotted by the DoT for practices, sources told TOI. Airtel plans to pilot many use cases in Bengaluru in partnership with Accenture, AWS, Cisco, Ericsson, Google Cloud, Nokia, TCS, Apollo Hospitals, Flipkart, and several manufacturing companies. These tested solutions will include intelligent factories, innovative healthcare, quality inspection, digital twin, connected frontline workforce, and AR/VR-based use cases.
Bharti Airtel conducted India’s first 5G trials on the 700MHz band in Kolkata last month. The test was done in standalone mode using Nokia’s 5G gear, including AirScale radios and standalone core on the outskirts of Kolkata, as per DoT guidelines. The company said that it could achieve high-speed wireless coverage of 40km between two 5G sites.
Both Reliance Jio and Bharti Airtel conducted 5G trials in Mumbai in June and July. Reliance Jio reportedly used made-in-India equipment to run the trials, both in mid and mm wavebands.
Airtel also did 5G trials in Phoenix Mall in Mumbai’s Lower Parel area. The company used Nokia’s gear and claimed that it could achieve a download speed of 1.2Gbps with ultra-low latency and 850Mbps upload speed during the trials.
6. Lucknow and Chandigarh
Lucknow and Chandigarh are the other two cities set to get 5G connectivity next year. Though no details about 5G trials in these cities are available, they did find mention in DoT’s list of cities where 5G will be rolled out next year.
Reliance Jio did 5G testing in Gujarat’s Jamnagar semi-urban and rural areas.
8. Ahmedabad and Gandhi Nagar cities
Vodafone India too conducted a 5G trial in Ajol village in Gujarat last month. The trials were born with a base transceiver station (BTS) installed 17km away at Unava town in the Gandhinagar district. The company used Nokia equipment.
In January this year, Airtel announced that it has successfully tested the 5G service on a commercial network in Hyderabad. The company conducted the live tests on its existing liberalized spectrum in the 1800 MHz band through the NSA (Non-Stand Alone) network technology.
In September this year, DoT officials said that the testbed developed by IIT Chennai would soon be operational and ready for the industry for 5G trials. The testbed is aimed to encourage startups and the drive to use showcases similar to real-world 5G deployment.
This year, Vodafone Idea conducted 5G testing in Pune using Ericsson’s 5G gear. The company tested DoT and allocated 26GHz and 3.5GHzspecturm in the mmWave band. During the trial, the company claimed to achieve 1.5Gbps on 3.5GHz and 4.2GHz on 26Ghz.
Frequently Asked Questions
What exactly is 5G?
5G is the fifth generation wireless technology. It can provide higher speed, lower latency and greater capacity than 4G LTE networks.
What is the difference between 4G and 5G?
The key difference between 4G and 5G is speed — 5G is expected to be much faster than 4G while offering lower latency and better bandwidth. The cellular infrastructure that enables wireless communication gets upgraded roughly every 10 years. Currently, 5G is slowly replacing 4G around the world.
Why is 5G important?
Yes, 5G is poised to be faster than previous network generations—it is potentially 100 times faster than 4G. … 5G can also provide low latency, letting applications and communications running on 5G connect and share data in near real-time.
When will 5G be available in India?
After speculations around the rollout of the 5G network in India, the Department of Telecommunication (DoT) on Monday confirmed that the 5G network will roll out in India by 2022. DoT noted that 13 cities across the country will get 5G in the beginning.
Is India 5G ready?
Ericsson believes India is completely ready for 5G and that is why affordable 5G spectrum needs to be made available to the telecom operators.
Does Airtel has 5G?
It also demonstrated India? s first rural 5G trial as well as the first cloud gaming experience on 5G. As part of #5GforBusiness, Airtel has joined forces with leading global consulting and technology companies and brands to test 5G based solutions.
When will 5G launch in India?
5G telecom services are set to be rolled out in selected cities in India in 2022. The cities which are set to get the 5G telecom services in 2022 include Gurugram, Bengaluru, Kolkata, Mumbai, Chandigarh, Delhi, Jamnagar, Ahmedabad, Chennai, Hyderabad, Lucknow, Pune, and Gandhinagar.
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