Dept of Telecommunications gives go ahead for 5G services trials; Chinese firms Huawei and ZTE not on list

By Kiran Rathee10 days ago

Both Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea will conduct the trials with Ericsson and Nokia, whereas Reliance Jio will be doing so together with Ericsson, Nokia and Samsung. State-run MTNL will conduct the trials with C-DoT while BSNL does not intend to participate in this round. In addition, Reliance Jio will also be conducting trials using its own indigenous technology.

Once the trials are completed, which is expected to be done over a period of six months, the government will move ahead with 5G auctions.

The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has given the go-ahead for 5G trials in the country, though with some delay. As expected, Huawei and ZTE will not be participating in the forthcoming trials since telecom operators had submitted multiple applications and the Chinese firms were not marked on the priority list.

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Both Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea will conduct the trials with Ericsson and Nokia, whereas Reliance Jio will be doing so together with Ericsson, Nokia and Samsung. State-run MTNL will conduct the trials with C-DoT while BSNL does not intend to participate in this round. In addition, Reliance Jio will also be conducting trials using its own indigenous technology.

Once the trials are completed, which is expected to be done over a period of six months, the government will move ahead with 5G auctions.

Currently, only the mid-band spectrum in 3300 MHz-3600 MHz has been earmarked for 5G. But the auctions will include those for additional spectrum in millimetre wave band and sub 1 GHz band. A portion of this spectrum has been lying with space and defence departments and telecom operators have been demanding that more bands be opened for 5G technology. A telco will require around 100 MHz in the mid-band spectrum to offer pan-India 5G services but not enough airwaves are currently available to satisfy the needs of all operators.

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