Airtel, Huawei conducts 5G trial in India


India’s largest telecom service provider Bharti Airtel with Chinese telecom equipment vendor Huawei conducted India’s first successful  5G trial. The trial was conducted at Airtel’s Network Experience Centre in Manesar, Gurugram.

During the test, a speed of more than 3GBPS was achieved, which is highest for the mobile networks operating in the 3.5GHz bandwidth. India is planning to roll out 5G network services by 2020, which will be the fastest mobile network after 4G.

Next-generation 5G mobile networks, which could offer data speed up to 100 times faster than current 4G networks will be a game changer. It will have a profound effect on the way we live, work and engage. The Department of Telecommunications will roll-out the roadmaps and action plans by June this year to bring next-generation 5G services in India.

With the 5G network, India would get faster and smoother access to the technologies like the Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence, Virtual and Augmented Reality. Along with this, the telecom operators will have an opportunity to generate revenue around $27 billion by 2026, as per sources.

Bharti Airtel has not confined their collaboration with telecom equipment giants like Ericsson, Nokia, and Huawei and has recently collaborated with the South Korean Telecom firm, SK Telecom to develop an advanced telecom network.

On the other hand, Huawei eyes to become the biggest 5G market in the world in competition against its rivals Ericsson and Nokia.