Vodafone Idea gave the highest upload speed in May with 6.7 Mbps according to data released by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) for May 2021. Jio led in terms of download speed with 20.7 megabits per second. TRAI collects data across India through the MySpeed application, that too on a real-time basis. Vodafone Idea's average upload speed was 6.3 Mbps followed by Jio with 4.2 Mbps and Airtel with 3.6 Mbps.
This is the first time when TRAI clubbed a network speed of Vodafone and Idea after their merger in August 2018, news agency PTI reported. The download speed helps consumers in accessing content from the internet, while upload speed helps them in sending or sharing pictures or videos to their contacts. Airtel had the lowest average speed of 4.7 Mbps according to data published by the TRAI on June 8.
Meanwhile, Airtel and Jio have begun trials for 5G in India. Airtel was able to secure 1Gbps speed during its field trial in Gurgaon's Cyber City. Airtel, too, carried out the trials in the middle band spectrum of 3500 Mhz. 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.
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.
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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