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Bharti Airtel, Huawei test run 5G service in India

Saturday February 24, 2018 9:30 PM, News Network

5G Trial Run

New Delhi: Leading Telecom service provider Bharti Airtel and Chinese technology giant Huawei on Friday announced that they have successfully conducted 5G network trial in India at the Airtel Experience Centre in Manesar, Gurugram.

During the test trial, speeds more than 3 Gigabits per second (Gbps) - the highest measured throughput for a mobile network in 3.5 GHz band with 100MHz bandwidth and end-to-end network latency of approximately 1 msec, was achieved, Airtel claimed in a statement.

"The test is the first step towards the next generation mobile network technology which can deliver data speeds up to 100 times faster than the current 4G networks", Abhay Savargaonkar, Director Networks at Bharti Airtel, said after the successful run.

According to reports, India plans to roll-out the 5G service for consumers by 2020. For this purpose, the government has in September 2017 set up a high-level team to evaluate and approve roadmaps and action plans for the same. "The telecom department was expected to finalise the roadmap for 5G services by June this year", Telecom Secretary Aruna Sundararajan had said after the formation of the team.

Bharti Airtel had recently entered into a strategic alliance with South Korean firm SK Telecom to leverage the latter’s expertise to build advanced telecom network and together work in developing 5G technology, network functions virtualisation (NFV), software-defined networking (SDN) and Internet of Things.

Abbreviated 5G, the 5th Generation Mobile Networks or 5th Generation Wireless Systems, is the proposed next telecommunications standards beyond the current 4G/IMT - Advanced standards, operating in the millimeter wave bands (28, 38, and 60 GHz).

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