The Telecommunications Ministry on Tuesday authorized telecommunications service providers (TSPs) to conduct 5G technology trials.
Interestingly, none of the Chinese vendors – Huawei or ZTR – were given permission to conduct the tests. The duration of the tests is set at six months, including two months for the purchase and installation of equipment.
A DoT statement said, “Candidate TSPs include Bharti Airtel, Reliance Jio Infocomm, Vodafone Idea and MTNL. These TSPs have linked up with original equipment manufacturers and technology providers which are Ericsson, Nokia, Samsung and C-DOT. In addition, Reliance Jio Infocomm will also conduct trials using its own local technology. “
The DoT authorized the technology partners identified by the TSPs themselves. The experiments will cover various bands, including the medium band (3.2 GHz to 3.67 GHz), the millimeter wave band (24.25 GHz to 28.5 GHz) and the sub-Gigahertz band (700 GHz). . “FSTs will also be allowed to use their own spectrum (800 MHz, 900 MHz, 1,800 MHz and 2,500 MHz) for 5G testing,” he said.
The DoT also specifically asked each TSP to conduct rural and semi-urban trials in addition to urban areas so that the benefits of 5G technology proliferate across the country.
“TSPs are encouraged to conduct trials using 5Gi technology in addition to the already known 5G technology. It should be remembered that the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) also endorsed the 5Gi technology, which was advocated by India, as it facilitates a much wider reach of 5G radio towers and networks. The 5Gi technology was developed by the IIT Madras Center of Excellence in Wireless Technology and by IIT-Hyderabad, ”said DoT.
The objectives of conducting the trials include testing the propagation characteristics of the 5G spectrum, particularly in the Indian context; model development and evaluation of selected equipment and suppliers; indigenous technology testing; testing of applications (such as telemedicine, tele-education, augmented / virtual reality and agricultural surveillance by drone); and testing 5G phones and devices, the DoT said. Testing will be on a non-commercial basis and data generated during testing will be stored in India.