5G in India

 5G trials are set to begin in India           

 India has progressed one step closer to having 5G mobile networks. The Department of Telecommunications of the Government of India's Ministry of Communications has reported that 5G trials have been authorized, and the telecom companies will be allocated 5G spectrum for the trials sometime this week.

5g network

As a result, telecom companies like Reliance Jio, Bharti Airtel, and Vi are qualified for 5G spectrum trials across India. The trial's length has yet to be decided.

        The authorities have also stated to CNBC-TV18 that Chinese vendors would be excluded from the trials, meaning that telecom equipment companies such as Huawei will be unable to participate. This announcement comes at a time when India is lagging behind in terms of 5G deployment.

        There has been some progress on 5G in India in recent months, but it has been a wait for official confirmation and spectrum allocation to begin 5G trials. Reliance Jio has already announced that they will construct a 5G network from the ground up.

        In addition, the company is developing its own Massive-MIMO and 5G Small Cell equipment for commercial use. Jio's drive for an entirely Indian-developed 5G network is part of the government's Made in India and Atmanirbhar Bharat initiatives.

        In January, Bharti Airtel announced that it had successfully completed a 5G test on its commercial network in Hyderabad, and that their network is 5G ready, needing only regulatory approvals to enable the software upgrade and effectively flip the switch.


        What remains to be seen is which bands will be used in India's 5G mobile network experiments, and when telecom firms will be able to commercialise these networks for customers. The 1800 MHz, 2100 MHz, 2300 MHz, as well as the 800 MHz and 900 MHz bands, are supposed to be covered by 5G networks in India, but this may differ between telecom service providers.


     For quite some time, India's 5G ecosystem has been growing. In the last 12 months, 5G networking has been touted as a key feature on nearly every phone launched. Affordable Android phones are now 5G capable, which is expected to aid 5G adoption once networks are made available for users to sign up for.

        With its Make in India initiative, the Indian government is attempting to establish India as a global manufacturing hub.

        “5G in India is expected to provide the network to keep these factories linked in real-time with suppliers and customers, making them smarter and much more competitive – the factories of the future,” Deloitte said last year in its “5G: The Catalyst to Digital Revolution in India” research.


        Remote medicine, smart cities, virtual banking, more 4K and 8K video delivery subscriptions, Augmented Reality (AR), Internet of Things (IoT), Big data analytics, and Artificial Intelligence are all supposed to benefit from 5G. In the battle for 5G networks, India is lagging behind the majority of developed countries.

5g network usage

    According to data from network testing company VIAVI, 5G networks were available in 378 cities across 34 countries last year, and that number has only grown since then.

    At the time, South Korea led the way with 85 cities covered by 5G networks, followed by China with 57 cities covered by 5G networks, the United States with 50 5G ready cities, and the United Kingdom with more than 31 cities covered by 5G mobile networks. India has a long way to go in terms of catching up.

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