It has come to light that the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has given approval for 5G trials to the country’s giants. Under this spectrum has been issued to the operators.
The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has approved trial trials of select giants including Reliance, Airtel and MTNL to start 5G testing in the country. According to sources, the department has allotted spectrum to telecom operators for this.
According to a Business Standard report, according to a source related to the telecom sector, tests will be conducted at various places including Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Gujarat, Hyderabad. In this regard, a telecom company official said, “Telecom operators have been allotted spectrum at various locations in the 700 MHz band, 3.3-3.6 GHz (GHz) band and 24.25-28.5 GHz band.”
DoT had approved the applications of Reliance Jio, Bharti Airtel, Vodafone Idea and MTNL on 4 May. The department has asked them to conduct 5G trials without using the technologies of Chinese companies. The Department of Telecommunications had approved the testing of 5G with Ericsson, Nokia, Samsung and C-Dot. Apart from this, Reliance Jio Infocomm will conduct testing using its indigenous technology.
According to DoT, customers will get ten times better download speed and three times more spectrum efficiency through 5G technology as compared to 4G. During testing, the 5G key will be tested in the Indian setting. Tele-medicine, tele-education and drone-based agricultural monitoring etc. will be included in this. Through this, telecom operators will be able to easily test various 5G devices on their network.
Currently the duration of testing will be 6 months. Out of which 2 months will be for the purchase and installation of equipment. According to the Department of Telecommunications, each operator will have to test in rural and semi-urban settings apart from urban settings, so that the benefits of 5G technology spread across the country. These should not be limited to urban areas only. However, another industry related source has claimed that no telecom operator has been allocated spectrum in Punjab, Haryana and Union Territory of Chandigarh.
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