The testing of Airtel’s 5G network in India is currently in full swing. Telecom has repeatedly put the network’s capabilities and performance to the test to ensure that it is consumer-ready when 5G services are made available in the nation. As part of the development of its 5G network, Airtel has collaborated with worldwide brands such as Nokia, Ericsson, Qualcomm and indigenous firms such as Tata Group. While Jio has claimed that it would be the first network in India to offer full-fledged 5G services, it appears that Airtel 5G will not be far behind in terms of availability. Here’s all we know so far about Airtel’s 5G debut in India, including the speed, trial, and spectrum.
Airtel has announced the start of 5G service in India (expected)
While there has been no official announcement, the Airtel 5G network in India will be launched later this year. As you may be aware, the business has begun 5G trials in key cities, utilizing a spectrum that the Department of Telecommunications has allocated. So it is just a matter of time before the telecommunications company makes the network available for business users throughout the country. However, it is possible that Airtel 5G services would not be offered to everyone right now. It may take at least a year or a year and a half for the cellular network infrastructure to be fully developed and operational in India.
Additionally, Airtel intends to trial and implement indigenously built 5G services in cooperation with the Tata Group as early as January 2022, with a target launch date of January 2022. When it comes to 5G, the telecom will be utilizing Tata Group’s “state-of-the-art” O-RAN based Radio and NSA/SA Core technology for its built-in India 5G network. According to a joint announcement released by Airtel and Tata Group, this would be ready for commercial development beginning in January 2022. At this time, there is no information available on the pricing of Airtel 5G plans.
Airtel 5G speed
During the testing done by the telecom in Gurugram and Mumbai, the Airtel 5G speed averaged over 1,000Mbps. While not as fast as Jio’s 5G experiment, the network managed to reach peak speeds of 3Gbps (3,000Mbps) in Hyderabad, three times faster than the company’s last 4G trial allows customers to download a full-length movie in only a few seconds. While this is much quicker than the 4G network speed, it is important to remember that the network was totally devoid of other users throughout the test and that the real-world experience may differ from the test results.
When compared to previous technologies, Airtel says that its 5G network can deliver ten times the speeds, ten times the latency, and one hundred times the concurrency.
Airtel is conducting a 5G experiment.
The Airtel 5G experimental network is currently operational at the Cyber Hub in Gurugram, the Phoenix Mall in Mumbai, Lower Parel in Hyderabad, and other locations. Apparently, Kolkata would be the next location where Airtel will conduct 5G testing. However, even if they have a smartphone that is compatible with the 5G network, Airtel customers cannot make use of the service at this time. The government’s restrictions presently prohibit testing with end-users, and this is expected to continue. Furthermore, the equipment that operators utilize for such trials is equipped with specialized software.
Airtel 5G spectrum is available.
Although the government has not yet held a 5G spectrum auction in India, the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has granted some bandwidth to service providers such as Airtel to conduct trial deployments. Currently, the telecom is conducting 5G trials in Gurugram and Mumbai utilizing 3,500Mhz bands, while in Hyderabad, the company showcased its 5G network using liberalized spectrum in the 1800MHz band using the sub-6GHz Non-Standalone (NSA) network technology. As part of the experiment, Airtel is also believed to have been assigned the 28 GHz and 700 MHz bands, and the company’s equipment is said to be compatible with the 2100/2300MHz and sub-GHz bands (800/900 MHz).
It has been stated by the operator that it has the capacity of operating its 5G network over existing 4G technology by implementing software updates. Airtel further thinks that, if granted permission, it would be able to run its 5G and 4G networks in tandem inside the same spectrum block and will be able to install 5G networks within a matter of months. Gopal Vittal, MD and CEO of Bharti Airtel, stated earlier this year that “the minute we obtain government clearances, and we have the appropriate spectrum bands and in sufficient quantities,” the company would be ready to begin rolling out 5G services immediately.