5G (fifth generation) network trial


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Telecom Major Bharti Airtel and Chinese telecom equipment maker Huawei have successfully conducted India’s first 5G (fifth generation) network trial.


It was conducted at Airtel’s network experience centre in Manesar, Gurugram (Haryana) and was able to achieve over 3 gigabit per second (Gbps) data speed.


5G is wireless communication technology based on third-generation partnership project (3GPP).

It is next generation mobile networks technology after 4G LTE networks.

It is expected to offer enhanced mobile broadband (eMBB) through R15 repeaters that can cater to coverage requirements. In December 2017, 3GPP had ccompleted first set of 5G New Radio standards. The 5G technology will offer far greater upload and download speed available at present.

India is planning to roll out 5G services for consumers by 2020. To achieve this objective, Government in September 2017 had set up high-level forum that will evaluate and approve roadmaps and action plans to bring in the latest technology.