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India’s first 5G network trial conducted

India’s first 5G network trial conducted

India’s first 5G (fifth generation) network trial was conducted by Airtel and Huawei at Airtel’s Network Experience Centre in Manesar, Gurugram. The setup for this 5G trial involved a 5G RAN that operated on a 3.5GHz network band, along with 5G Core and a 50GE network slicing router.

In the duration of the tests, a user throughput speed of 3Gbps was achieved, which the companies claim is the highest for the 3.5GHz band.

The tests were conducted within a 100MHz bandwidth, and resulted in a 1-millisecond end-to-end network latency.

Significance of 5G to India

India’s moves towards 5G are significant because of the country’s huge population and unusually sluggish 4G networks.

OpenSignal’s February 2018 global LTE report ranked India dead last in 4G speeds, despite great availability of 4G signals around the country. Indian customers could expect average 4G speed of only 6.07Mbps — 10Mbps lower than the global average and one-seventh as fast as leading 4G country Singapore.

Moving forward, in February 2018, India has committed to finalizing its 5G roadmap by June 2018 and reportedly plans widespread 5G deployments in 2020.

Advantages of 5G

5G services, based on a third-generation partnership project (3GPP), are expected to offer enhanced mobile broadband (eMBB) through R15 repeaters that can cater to coverage requirements. In December 2017, 3GPP completed the first set of 5G New Radio standards.

Under 5G technology, users are expected to be able to experience premium video quality across modes including, 360-degree, 4K, ultra-HD, along with virtual reality and augmented reality.

Telecom operators and smartphone companies believe that 5G also holds the key to growth of artificial intelligence (AI) systems, and can enhance Internet of Things (IoT).

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