India’s First 5G Network Trial by Huawei and Airtel Conducted Successfully

Indian telecom service provider Bharti Airtel and Chinese technology giant Huawei today announced a major milestone for Indian telecom as they have successfully conducted India’s first 5G network trail under a test set up.

The coming of 5G services in India is likely to open up gates for diversified services enjoyed by developed countries like the Augmented Reality (AR), Internet of Things (IoT) etc. India plans to roll-out the services for consumers by 2020 and for this purpose the government did set up a high level forum to evaluate and approve roadmaps and action plans for the same.

5G will be a Game Changer: Airtel

Abhay Savargaonkar, Director – Networks, Bharti Airtel said, “This is small but a very significant step in our journey towards 5G. The promise of 5G is endless, it will be a game changer and, it will change the way we live, work and engage. We’re moving quickly to begin collaboration towards 5G interoperability and development testing (IODT) based on the 3GPP R15 standards. We look forward to working closely with our partners for developing a robust 5G ecosystem in India.”


Airtel’s Experience Centre in Manesar (Gurugram) was the test site. The company claimed that during the test trial, they achieved speeds more than 3 Gbps (Gigabits per second). The setup included 5G RAN operating on 3.5 GHz band and 50GE Network Slicing router. 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 100MHz bandwidth and end-to-end network latency of approximately 1 msec.

Airtel 5g

The trial demonstrated that 5G technology can deliver diversified services like Internet of Things (IoT) and augmented reality/virtual reality (AR/VR) through high spectral efficiency.

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1G is a term which was never used until 2G came around. It was the first generation of cell phone technology and making calls was all it was capable of doing.

2G service is the second generation technology and it offered features like simple text messaging along with other wireless technology.

3G service gave the speed to the crawling internet and set up a standard for the wireless technology. It was capable of offering speeds around 2 Mbps (Megabits per second).

4G service gives speeds of minimum 100 Mbps to 1 Gbps. The true speed of 4G is seen in the long-term evolution that is 4G LTE.

5G technology is expected to roll out around 2020 which will be able to offer speeds of 1-10 Gbps.

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