The Indian Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has provided mobile service providers including Airtel, Reliance Jio, Vodafone Idea (Vi) and MTNL, permission to start 5G trials in the country. These network providers will test 5G across India and cover rural, semi-urban and urban areas.
5G trials in India
To test 5G, the aforementioned network operators will work with original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). While Reliance will use its own indigenous technology for network testing, other telcos have partnered with Ericsson, Nokia, Samsung and C-DOT. In particular, none of these OEMs are from China. This also means that Huawei and ZTE are not involved in India’s 5G tests.
Telecom operators will test different 5G bands, including mid-band (3.2 GHz to 3.67 GHz), millimeter wave band (24.25 GHz to 28.5 GHz), and sub-Gigahertz band (700 GHz). The trials are scheduled for 6 months. The 6-month schedule includes a 2-month period for equipment acquisition and configuration.
These trials will be isolated and will not be connected to existing networks. Furthermore, it will be carried out for non-commercial purposes and the data generated during the trials will be stored in India. The ministry also expects telcos to test use cases and locally developed equipment as part of the tests.
“The goals of 5G testing include testing the spread characteristics of the 5G spectrum, especially in the Indian context; model adjustment and evaluation of selected equipment and suppliers; indigenous technology testing; application testing (such as telemedicine, tele-education, augmented / virtual reality, drone-based agricultural monitoring, etc.); and to test 5G phones and devices “ DoT said in a press release.
The government is also urging telcos to test 5Gi technology. Developed by IIT Madras, Center of Excellence in Wireless Technology (CEWiT) and IIT Hyderabad, the government claims that 5Gi “It facilitates a much greater reach of 5G towers and radio networks.”
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