Bharti Airtel tests 5G wireless services
Bharti Airtel has tested 5G wireless service over commercial network in Hyderabad, becoming India’s first telecom operator to conduct on-field rollout of the next-generation mobile technology.
The telco used a spectrum block in the 1,800MHz band to operate both 5G and 4G simultaneously on its network. The trial shows the 5G readiness of Airtel’s network across all domains—radio, core and transport.
The telco will be able to roll out the services across several parts of the country as soon as the department of telecommunications (DoT) permits the commercial launch of 5G and auctions spectrum in the mid-size bands that is 3,300-3,600MHz.
The full impact of the 5G experience, however, will be available to customers, when adequate spectrum is available and the government approvals receive.
Airtel’s 5G technology is capable of delivering ten times higher speed and latency compared to the existing technologies. In Hyderabad, users downloaded a full-length movie in seconds on a 5G phone.
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