Telecom service provider Bharti Airtel and Chinese telecom gear maker Huawei have successfully conducted India’s first 5G network trial under the test setup at Airtel’s network experience centre in Manesar, Gurgaon.
India is planning to roll out 5G services to consumers by 2020 and for achieving it the government has a high-level forum that will evaluate and approve the roadmaps and other action plans to roll out the new technology in the count.
The telecom industry is currently under a debt of Rs. 7 lakh crore because of the neck-to-neck competition stricken after the entry of Reliance Jio which made the government go slow on the 5G spectrum auction.
“We’re moving quickly to begin collaboration towards 5G interoperability and development testing (IODT) based on the 3GPP (3rd Generation Partnership Project between groups of telecommunications associations to set 5G new radio standards) R15 standards,” Savargaonkar said.
5G R15 service is mainly focusing on enhanced mobile broadband (eMBB), which is not only going to support services like streaming UHD immersive videos but it will also help to experience Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality when the service is going to be rolled out.
During the test trial, a user throughput of more than 3 GBPS was achieved using the setup. This is the highest measured throughput for a mobile network in 3.5 GHz band with 100 MHz bandwidth and end-to-end network latency of approximately 1 msec. The setup included 5G RAN operating on 3.5 GHz band, 5G Core and 50GE Network Slicing router.
Airtel has recently entered into a strategic alliance with South Korean firm SK Telecom to alleviate the latter’s expertise to build advanced telecom network and together work in developing 5G technology, network functions virtualisation (NFV), software-defined networking (SDN) and Internet of Things.