In India, Airtel and Jio have begun their fifth-generation trials, demonstrating a blistering 1 Gbps throughput.
India is at the cusp of a 5G revolution. On a historic day for mobile network leaps, the country’s two telcos, Bharti Airtel and Reliance Jio, launched their 5G trials, with each service demonstrating an astounding 1 Gbps download speed.
Years of planning and months of testing for 5G have culminated in Bharati Airtel and Jio’s 5G trials. Previously, Airtel was the first operator in India to show a live 5G network. Airtel, based in Delhi, began testing the fifth-generation network at the Gurgaon Cyber Hub. While Reliance Jio, located in Mumbai, began its own in four separate circles around the country a few hours later.
In addition to its own 5G architecture, Reliance Jio is collaborating with foreign 5G equipment vendors. It is field-testing its own fifth-generation network in Mumbai using its own technology, while it is testing with Ericsson in Delhi, Nokia in Pune, and Samsung in Gujarat.
5G Spectrum In India
The Indian Department of Telecommunications (DoT) allotted spectrum to telcos such as Reliance Jio, Bharti Airtel, and Vodafone Idea a month ago in the 700 MHz, 3.3-3.6 GHz, and 24.25-28.5 GHz bands. Bharti Airtel has started a 5G experiment and is using the C-band 3500 MHz spectrum. Similarly, Jio is testing in both 3500 MHz bands and 26 GHz mmWave using its own 5G architecture, and multiple sources claim that it delivered beyond 1 Gbps throughput, just like Airtel.
Reliance and Bharti could possibly test 5G in rural areas using another 700 MHz spectrum band. Jio is also conducting experiments with its own indigenous technology, including testing of its core and radio networks for peak speed, latency, and data loads.
Note: The Indian public will not be able to enjoy the present 5G experiments in India since government laws prohibit public access. However, the trials will lay the basis for stakeholders, and the commercial deployment is slated to begin in six months.
How Fast Is 1 Gbps?
The Indian 5G speed of 1 Gbps is incredible. In comparison, the existing fourth-generation network may reach a theoretical peak speed of 300Mbps in the best-case scenario. In practice, though, consumers may expect roughly 42 Mbps. Meanwhile, the third-generation network provides 42 Mbps Internet speed on paper, but in practice, it can only deliver roughly 6Mbps. Examine 3G vs. 4G: Which Network Is Better?
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When compared to its real-world performance, 5G broadband can be more than 20 times faster than 4G. Meanwhile, 5G outperforms 3G in terms of speed by up to 166 times. Furthermore, if you download a 4K video at 1Gbps, it will take less than a minute to complete.
Eyes On Reliance Jio
All major telecom companies in India will undertake trials in the coming days. However, theories abound as to how Jio will approach the 5G milestone.
Reliance Jio Infocomm, founded by Mukesh Ambani, radically changed India’s internet scene in 2016 by offering ridiculously cheap mobile data. It expects to lead another broadband revolution now that it has activated the 5G network.
Last year, the telecom operator announced a collaboration with Qualcomm, a US-based 5G equipment manufacturer, to develop an open and interoperable interface-compliant architecture with virtualized RAN. This will free India’s largest telecom operator from reliance on foreign 5G equipment vendors and allow it to rely on its own in-house technology. Furthermore, by utilizing its own indigenous infrastructure, it will be able to hasten the 5G deployment once the trial complete.
5G Trial In Nepal By Poush!
With India officially starting its 5G revolution, we can’t help but look at its massive broadband potential, which may be realized in a matter of months.
Nepal Telecom, a state-owned telco, will be the first to light up Nepal’s mobile broadband scene with the fifth-generation network. It recently filed work plans to the NTA, the governing body of telecoms, requesting 5G spectrum. If all goes as planned, NTC claims that its 5G objectives will be realized by Poush, with tests planned in specific areas.