Just last month, the Department of Telecom (DoT) had given a green signal to all telecom operators to start 5G trials in India without any involvement of Chinese OEMs. Talking about today, it has been learned from industry sources that DoT has allocated 5G spectrum to telcos, which include Airtel, Reliance Jio, Vi (Vodafone Idea), BSNL, and MTNL, so that they can reach India. I can start testing 5G network.
An official of a telecom company said in a statement to PTI (via Livemint), “Telecom operators were allotted spectrum at various locations in the 700 MHz band, 3.3-3.6 GHz (GHz) band and 24.25-28.5 GHz band. is.”
According to DoT, the 5G network is expected to deliver ten times better download speed than the existing 4G network. In addition, it is expected to improve the spectrum efficiency as well. Telecom giants will test the 5G network in various Indian settings, including tele-medicine, tele-education and drone-based agricultural monitoring.
For those unaware, the Indian Telecom Department has allowed mobile service providers to start testing 5G networks in the country. India’s DoT has also mentioned that 5G trials will not depend on Chinese OEMs, with operators asking not to use 5G equipment from Huawei or ZTE.
As a result, Jio will use indigenous technology and equipment to conduct its 5G trials in the country. While other telecom operators have partnered with companies such as Ericsson, Samsung, Nokia and C-Dot.
The 5G trial, which will last for around six months, will take place in several cities across India, including Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bengaluru and Hyderabad. Also, it will be tested in urban, semi-urban as well as rural areas of the country. However, according to sources, the telecom operators are yet to be allotted spectrum in places like Haryana, Punjab and the Union Territory of Chandigarh.