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India’s Department of Telecom Allocates Spectrum for 5G Trials to Airtel, Jio, and Vi

Earlier this month, the Ministry of Telecommunications (DoT) gave the green light for operators to start 5G trials in India, while Chinese OEMs did not participate. According to industry sources, DoT today allocated 5G spectrum to telecommunications companies including Airtel and Reliance. Jio, Vi (Vodafone Idea), BSNL and MTNL started testing 5G networks in India.

“Telecom operators have been allocated spectrum in the 700 MHz band, 3.3-3.6 gigahertz (GHz) band and 24.25-28.5 GHz band across various locations,” an official from a telecom company said in a statement to PTI (via LiveMint).

DoT believes that the download speed of the 5G network should be ten times faster than the existing 4G network. In addition, it is expected to improve spectrum efficiency. The telecommunications giant will test 5G networks in various environments in India, including telemedicine, distance education and drone agricultural surveillance.

You know that the Ministry of Telecommunications of India provides mobile operators with the opportunity to test 5G networks in the country. The Ministry of Transport of India also mentioned that, except for operators who use 5G equipment from Huawei or ZTE, 5G testing will not rely on Chinese OEMs.

Therefore, Jio will use local technology and equipment to conduct 5G trials in the country, while other network operators have cooperated with companies such as Ericsson, Samsung, Nokia and C-DOT. The 5G trial will last approximately six years and one month and will be conducted in many cities in India, including Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bangalore, and Hyderabad. The country’s urban, semi-urban and rural areas. However, according to sources, telecom operators have not yet obtained spectrum in areas such as Haryana, Punjab, and Chandigarh.

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