Jio has begun 5G trials in Mumbai using its indigenously developed equipment. The telecom giant is said to be in talks with Nokia, Samsung and Ericsson for trials it will carry out in other cities. Jio has applied for 5G trials in Delhi, Hyderabad and Gujarat. According to an online report, Jio's 5G network went live soon after receiving a trial spectrum from the Department of Telecommunications (DoT). It is not clear how much speed Jio was able to attain during the trial.
Sources told ET that Jio worked with both mid and mm wave bands in Mumbai for 5G field trials. As per the report, the 5G trial is bigger in terms of sites deployed in Mumbai. Jio will soon begin trials in other cities. It has applied for trials in Delhi, Hyderabad and Gujarat.
The development comes days after Airtel kicked off its 5G trials in Gurgaon's Cyber Hub area. Airtel, too, carried out the trials in the middle band spectrum of 3500 Mhz. The 5G network of Airtel was able to deliver a throughput of over 1 Gbps speed, according to reports. DoT has allocated spectrum to Airtel in four Indian telecom circles including Mumbai, Kolkata, Bengaluru, and Delhi. The telco is likely to test the mid-spectrum in other regions of the country. Airtel has been allotted the 5G trial spectrum in 3500 MHz, 28 GHz and 700 MHz.
Airtel announced that its network is 5G ready earlier this year. Airtel is working with Ericson 5G network gear for its 5G trials. Last month DoT gave permissions to Telecom Service Providers (TSPs) to conduct trials for the use and applications of 5G technology in India. The duration of the trials, at present, is for a period of 6 months, which includes a time period of 2 months for procurement and setting up of the equipment. However, according to reports, the 5G network could take over a year to become widely available for all users. Users will not be required to switch SIM cards when the network is available for them.
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) is yet to hold auctions for the 5G spectrum in India. Earlier this year, the Standing Committee on Information Technology was informed that 5G will roll out in India to some extent for specific uses, by the end of the calendar year 2021 or beginning of 2022, as 4G is expected to continue in India for at least another 5-6 years. 5G technology is expected to deliver improved user experience in terms of data download rates (expected to be 10 times that of 4G), up to three times greater spectrum efficiency, and ultra-low latency.
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