Bharti Airtel on Thursday said its network is ready for 5G now, as telecom has successfully demonstrated a live fifth-generation service – at ultra-fast speeds – on a commercial network in the city of Hyderabad. The move takes on significance as telecom companies are gearing up to leverage 5G as the next frontier for future growth to bolster revenues and deliver a better customer experience. While the latest demonstration underscores the company’s technological capabilities for launching fifth-generation services in the future, Airtel said the actual impact of the 5G experience will be available to customers, “when adequate spectrum is available and they will be received government approvals “. For the demo, the company took advantage of the existing spectrum liberalized in the 1800 MHz band. “In many ways now, it is enough to press a button to activate 5G. It is important to get the right 5G experience for which you need to make available. adequate spectrum in the right bands. “Today we have conclusively shown that, as far as Airtel is concerned, we are ready for 5G,” Bharti Airtel MD and CEO Gopal Vittal said at a virtual conference. The company said Airtel 5G is capable to deliver 10x speed, 10x latency, and 100x competition over existing technologies. Specifically, in Hyderabad, users were able to download a full movie in seconds to a 5G phone. Using dynamic spectrum sharing, Airtel managed 5G and 4G simultaneously within the same spectrum block. The company said its demonstration validated Airtel’s 5G network readiness in all the domains: radio, core and transport. “Every single part of our network is now fully 5G ready … and can use any band of the spectrum to click through to the 5G experience in a matter of months,” said Vittal. Airtel said it is committed to positioning India as a global innovation hub at the forefront of the technology revolution. India has the potential to become a global hub for 5G innovation, Vittal said, adding that this would require the union of ecosystems: applications, devices and network innovation. “We are more than ready to do our part,” he stressed. Airtel said it is the first operator to demonstrate this capability. The company had already demonstrated 5G capabilities in labs, where in standalone mode it was capable of delivering experiences up to 3 Gbps. “We are thrilled, as this has been demonstrated on a commercial network … By the time we receive government approvals and have the right spectrum bands in adequate quantities, we will be able to implement it immediately.” Also on existing spectrum bands. , 5G can be activated but the full power of the experience will only be felt when an adequate spectrum is available from the government, “Vittal said. The company does not see any significant change in its investment cycle in the future. Telecom companies are eagerly looking to take advantage of upcoming 5G opportunities in India, a lucrative market that has the second largest number of phone connections to the world. Reliance Jio said it will continue to accelerate the rollout of its internally developed next-generation 5G digital platforms and 5G stack. The company said it will make 5G accessible and available everywhere, adding that its 5G service would be a testimony of the vision of “ Atmanirbhar Bharat ”.
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- While the latest demonstration highlights the company’s technological capabilities for launching fifth-generation services in the future, Airtel said that the actual impact of the 5G experience will be available to customers when adequate spectrum is available and received. government approvals.
- Airtel says 5G network is ready; demonstrates live 5G service on the commercial network at Hyd