Airtel to conduct 5G trials in 4-5 towns

Bharti Airtel is planning to conduct 5G trials in 4-5 towns of India for different 5G applications and use cases.

Airtel has already applied for 5G trials to the DoT (Department of Telecommunications) and is awaiting government approval for the spectrum.

Speaking to DigiAnalysys, Randeep Singh Sekhon, Chief Technology Officer, Bharti Airtel said, “The company has applied for 4-5 towns for trials and the company is planning to test applications like broadband and fiber to wireless attenuation.”

“Industry will bring use cases and we will see how technology can help to solve the use case. For 5G use cases, four players – Industry partner, technology partner, connectivity partner and system integration players are required. Bharti Airtel is planning to work with industry partners such as manufacturing, banking, mining and others for use case deployment relevant for India,” said Sekhon.

Bharti Airtel is also working with academic institutions like IIT Delhi and others for developing 5G use cases added Sekhon.

For trial spectrum, the Indian telecom industry is asking the government to give trial spectrum for a year whereas the Indian government is insisting on 5G trial spectrum for 90 days only.

We need trial spectrum for one year to evolve 5G use cases and also to test it. Testing will focus on capacity, coverage and use cases applications,” said Nitin Bansal, head of Ericsson India.

Speaking to DigiAnalysys about 5G deployment in India, Nitin Bansal said, “We are ready to support government of India perspective of 5G by 2020. For 5G deployment to happen spectrum and operators need to be on board.”

With 5G, operators will deploy services like: 5G Early Alarm System, real time translation, VR Cinema, home sensor service, drone delivery, virtual tactile shopping, real time AR for vehicles, gigabyte in seconds, athlete and arena view, live immersive gaming, driving technology, 3D hologram calling, self driving technology and others.

We are looking at 3-5 year horizon for deployment of different 5G services in India added Bansal.


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