Bharti Airtel announces first 5G service in Hyderabad

Bharti Airtel proudly announced to become the country's first telecom operator to successfully demonstrate and orchestrate live fifth-generation (5G) service over a commercial network in Hyderabad city.

For the demonstration, the company used its existing liberalised spectrum in the 1800 MHz band through the NSA (non-standalone) network technology to concurrently run 5G and 4G network within the same spectrum block. "Every one of our investments is future-proofed as this game-changing test in Hyderabad proves," said Gopal Vittal, Managing Director and CEO.

Claims its 5G network is capable of delivering 10x download and upload speeds, 10x latency and 100x concurrency when compared to existing technologies. However, the company noted that the full impact of the spectrum will be available once the adequate spectrums are available and the government has approved of the technology.

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