Airtel conducts first rural 5G trial in India in partnership with Ericsson


Bharti Airtel informed the exchanges on Tuesday that it had conducted India’s first 5G trial in the village of Bhaipur Bramanan, located on the outskirts of the Delhi-NCR region.

Previously, the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) started the process of 5G technology by allocating waves to telecom operators. The DoT has allocated spectrum to telecom operators in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bengaluru and Hyderabad and other regions.

The 5G site infrastructure was powered by Ericsson’s 3GPP compliant 5G radio. The test was performed using the mid-band test spectrum allocated in the 3500 MHz band and the existing FDD spectrum band.

“5G will be a transformative technology when it comes to providing high-speed last mile coverage through use cases like FWA and will contribute to a more inclusive digital economy. Airtel will continue to be at the forefront of 5G technology and bring more relevant use cases to India through partnerships such as the one with Ericsson, ”said Randeep Singh Sekhon, CTO of Airtel.

During the demonstration, a throughput of over 200 Mbps was recorded on a 3GPP compliant 5G fixed wireless access device (FWA) at a distance of over 10 km from the site.

“This resulted in inter-site (between two 5G sites) coverage of around 20 km, thus providing the ability to provide high-speed coverage even in the most remote geographic areas,” Airtel said in a filing. .

“As part of the trial, even a commercially available 3GPP-based 5G smartphone was able to connect to the 5G test network and record speeds of over 100 mbps at a distance of over 10 km from the site.” , did he declare.

Ericsson is a leading provider of information and communication technology (ICT) to telecommunications operators. Its comprehensive service portfolio spans networks, digital services and emerging businesses powered by 5G and IoT platforms.

“The results of the trial demonstrate Airtel’s ability to enable 5G for both capacity and coverage over its existing national 4G infrastructure,” the company said.

In recent months, Airtel and Ericsson have teamed up to demonstrate speeds of over 1 Gbps on a live 5G network installed at the Gurgaon cyber hub using Airtel’s 3,500 MHz test spectrum.

Earlier in January this year, the two companies also showcased Ericsson’s spectrum sharing capabilities on a commercially deployed installed base of 1,800

MHz liberalized frequencies in Hyderabad to give consumers their first 5G experience from an over-the-air commercial network.

On Tuesday, Airtel’s script was up nearly 3% in afternoon trading on NSE.

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