Airtel launches 5G ready network
Published 28 January 2021
India’s telecommunication service provider Bharti Airtel has successfully rolled out ‘Live’ 5G service over a commercial network.
This rollout was in Hyderabad city, in Andhra Pradesh. Airtel did this over its existing liberalised spectrum in the 1800 MHz band through the NSA (Non Stand Alone) network technology.
Airtel’s 5G is capable of delivering 10x speeds, 10x latency and 100x concurrency when compared to existing technologies. Specifically, in Hyderabad, users were able to download a full length movie in a matter of seconds on a 5G phone. This demonstration has underlined the company’s technology capabilities. The full impact of the 5G experience, however, will be available to customers, when adequate spectrum is available and government approvals are received.
Gopal Vittal, MD & CEO, Bharti Airtel said: “I am very proud of our engineers who have worked tirelessly to showcase this incredible capability in Tech City, Hyderabad today. Every one of our investments is future proofed as this game changing test in Hyderabad proves.”
Using a first of its kind, dynamic spectrum sharing, Airtel operated 5G and 4G concurrently within the same spectrum block.
This demonstration has emphatically validated the 5G readiness of Airtel’s network across all domains – Radio, Core and Transport, the company said.
The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has said that the auctions for 5G spectrum will commence from March 1. The spectrums being offered during the auctions include the 700 MHz, 800 MHz, 900 MHz, 1800 MHz, 2100 MHz, 2300 MHz and 2500 MHz bands.
All major telecom service providers like Reliance Jio, Bharti Airtel, Vi and more are expected to place their bids. All of the three major telecom service providers have been testing their 5G infrastructure for some time now and will continue to do so until a wider launch takes place later this year.
Reliance Industries Chairman and Managing Director Mukesh Ambani, announced during India Mobile Congress 2020, that Jio will roll out its 5G services in India in the second half of 2021.