• Ishaan kakkar

India comes closer to 5G with Reliance Jio, Airtel likely to start trials soon

From seeking clarity around 5G spectrum auction to having submitted the 5G trial applications last month — there is a sign of relief for Indian telcos — as Reliance Jio, Vodafone Idea, Bharti Airtel and state-run Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) gear up for the green signal to kickstart 5G trials.

The delay of 5G trials comes after the telecom operators had sought DoT for an extension to submit the application from January 10, 2020. At the time, the cellular operators association of India (COAI) had said that there are a lot of aspects that needed to be considered before the start of 5G trials in the country and urged DoT to reconsider the deadline for submission.

Airtel claims its 5G network is capable of delivering 10x download and upload speeds, 10x latency and 100x concurrency when compared to existing technologies. Specifically, in Hyderabad, users were able to download a full-length movie in mere seconds.

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