5G begins in India with Airtel and Jio kicking off their fifth-gen trials demonstrating a blazing 1 Gbps throughput.
India is on the brink of the 5G revolution. On its remarkable day for the mobile network leaps, the country’s two telcos; Bharti Airtel and Reliance Jio kicked off their 5G trials in which each carrier demoed an epic 1 Gbps download speed.
The years of talks and months of preparation for 5G have finally culminated in Bharati Airtel and Jio’s 5G trials. Earlier, Airtel became the first telco to demonstrate a live 5G Network in India. The Delhi-based Airtel kicked off the fifth-gen network test at Gurgaon Cyber Hub. While a few hours later, the Mumbai-based Reliance Jio commenced their own in four different circles around the country.
Along with its own 5G architecture, Reliance Jio is also working closely with foreign 5G equipment vendors in part. It is field-testing its own fifth-gen network in Mumbai using its own technology, while in Delhi it is conducting the test with Ericsson, in Pune with Nokia, and in Gujarat with Samsung.
Reliance and Bharti could also use another 700 MHz spectrum band for the 5G test in rural settings. Jio is also using its own indigenous technology for the trials that includes testing of its core and radio network for peak speed, latency, and data loads.
Note: Indian public won’t take the joy of the current 5G trials in India because the government rules restrict them from public access. However, the trials will set the groundworks for the stakeholders and it is expected that the commercial rollout will begin after six months.
Putting into perspective, the 5G broadband can go above 20 times faster than 4G if compared to its real-life performance. Meanwhile, 5G absolutely dwarfs that of 3G going as fast as 166 times. To add further, If you were to download a 4K movie at 1Gbps speed, it will complete within a minute.
Last year, the telecom operator signed a partnership with the US-based 5G gear maker Qualcomm to develop an open and interoperable interface-compliant architecture with virtualized RAN. This will rid the largest telecom operator in India of dependency on foreign 5G gear vendors and rely on its own home-grown tech. Besides, using its own indigenous infrastructures mean it will be able to accelerate the 5G rollout when the trial concludes.
5G Trial In Nepal By Poush!
With India finally beginning its 5G revolution, we also cannot resist having a go at its behemoth broadband potential and it may as well come true in a few months.
The state-owned telco Nepal Telecom will be the first to lit up Nepal’s mobile broadband scene with the fifth-gen network. Recently, it submitted work plans to the telecommunications governing body NTA calling for 5G spectrum. If everything works as planned, NTC says its 5G ambitions will materialize by Poush with the tests planned in select areas.