Airtel, Nokia team up to conduct India’s first 5G trial in 700MHz band


New Delhi: Telecom major Bharti Airtel on Thursday announced that it has successfully conducted India’s first 5G trial in the 700MHz band in partnership with Nokia. Airtel has been allotted trial spectrum across multiple bands for verification of 5G technology and use cases by the government’s Department of Telecommunications. The demonstration, which was held on the outskirts of Kolkata, was also the first 5G trial in eastern India.

“Back in 2012, Airtel launched India’s first 4G service in Kolkata. Today, we are delighted to hold India’s first 5G demo in the iconic 700 MHz band in the city to demonstrate the power of this technology standard, Randeep Singh Sekhon, CTO – Bharti Airtel, said in a statement.

“We believe that with the right pricing of 5G spectrum in the upcoming auctions, India can unlock the digital dividend and create a truly connected society with broadband for all,” Sekhon said.

Taking advantage of the enhanced propagation characteristics of the 700 MHz band, Airtel and Nokia were able to achieve high-speed wireless broadband network coverage of 40 km between two 3GPP standard 5G sites in real-life situations.

Airtel used devices from Nokia’s 5G portfolio, which included the Nokia Airscale Radio and Standalone (SA) Core.

Naresh Asija, VP and Head, Bharti CT said, “The deployment of 5G using 700 MHz spectrum is helping communication service providers around the world provide mobile broadband at an affordable price in remote areas, where they typically have access to mobile broadband. It is challenging to set up network infrastructure for , Nokia. Read also: Revenge the Dinosaurs with Asteroid Defense Mission: SpaceX Chief Elon Musk Tells NASA

Asija said, “Nokia is at the forefront of the evolution of the global 5G ecosystem, and we look forward to supporting Airtel in its 5G journey.” Read also: Own a special 1 rupee coin? You can earn up to Rs 2.5 lakh by selling it online, check process

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