In India, the Department of Telecommunication (DoT) has granted permission to telecom service providers (TSPs) for 5G Trials in India. These TSPs includes Bharti Airtel, Reliance Jio, Vodafone Idea (Vi) and MTNL to conduct 5G trials in the country. All of these TSPs have tied up with OEMs and technology suppliers including Ericsson, Nokia, Samsung and C-DOT. These suppliers will help the TSPs to develop their 5G infrastructure. According to Reliance Officials, Reliance Jio Infocomm will also be conducting 5G trials using their own indigenous technology.
5G Trials in India to begin soon:
The testing permission has been granted by DoT to each TSPs based on their priorities and technology partners. An experimental spectrum has been allocated in various bands . These bands include
– mid-band (3.2GHz to 3.67GHz),
– millimeter wave band (24.25GHz to 28.5GHz),
– sub-Gigahertz band (700GHz)
Additionally, these TSPs will also be permit to use their own existing spectrum. This includes 800MHz, 900MHz, 1800MHz and 2500MHz to conduct their 5G trials separately in India. The actual duration of these trials is for the period of 6 months. This includes a time period of 2 months for procurement and setting up of their equipments for each TSPs. The permission letter also mentions about guidelines to each TSPs. Here, each TSPs will have to conduct their trials in semi-urban and rural areas along with urban settings. This will allow to completely detail check up about the availability of 5G technology across the country. Additionally, the 5G technology will not be confined only to the urban areas.
Trials for 5Gi Technology:
Meanwhile, TSPs are encourage to conduct trials for 5Gi technology. These trials will be conduct in addition to already known 5G technology in India. To recall, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has already approved this 5Gi technology. This technology will facilitate much larger reach of 5G towers and radio networks. Keep in mind, this 5Gi Technology has been develop in collaboration by IIT Madras, Centre of Excellence in Wireless Technology (CeWiT) and the IIT Hyderabad.
Meanwhile, The Telecom Ministry of India says that the main idea of conducting these 5G trials is to test out the 5G spectrum propagation characteristics. The testing will be conduct keeping in mind about Indian context, model tuning and evaluation of choose equipment and vendors. These trials will also allow testing of indigenous technology, testing of application and to test 5G phones and device. The upcoming 5G technology could deliver an Improved user experience. The user experience improves in terms of data download rates. The technology will provide up to three times greater spectrum efficiency and ultra low latency. The latest technology will be use by applications across wide range of sectors. These sectors include agriculture, education, health, transport, traffic management, smart cities, smart homes and much more.
DoT Guidelines to TSPs:
Meanwhile, DoT has also issued guidelines for the trials. These 5G Trials in India will be isolate and not in connection with existing networks of TSPs. These trials will be completely on non-commercial basis. Also, the data generate during these trials shall be stored in India only. These TSPs are also likely to facilitate the testing of indigenously developed use cases and equipment as a part of trials. DoT has selected hindered applications after conducting a recent hackathon on 5G application. These application can also be facilitate in these trials confirm by DoT. Also Read: 18 RTO services can be availed online: MoRTH