Airtel on Thursday came with an announcement for the successful trails of 5G networks in Hyderabad. They have done these trails on a 1800MHz Non-Standalone spectrum (NSA). By successful testing, Bharti Airtel has become the first-ever telecom in India to test 5G speeds successfully. Airtel 5G can let users enjoy a speed boost to 10 times and let them download a full-length movie in seconds on their smartphones.
In association with Ericsson, Airtel claimed that it had the capability to operate its 5G network over the existing technology-neutral spectrum in mid-bands that are at 1800MHz, 2100MHz, and 2300MHz frequency alongside the sub-GHz bands available at 800MHz and 900MHz. Most importantly the upgrade through 5G speeds can be done with the help of a software upgrade.
Airtel will be using Dynamic Spectrum that let Airtel have their users enjoy 4G and 5G simultaneously within the same spectrum block. As of now stimulated time is 5 months though there is no fixed date for the same. “The moment we receive government approvals, and we have the right spectrum bands and in adequate quantities, we'll be able to roll this [5G] out immediately,” said Gopal Vittal, MD, and CEO, Bharti Airtel, during a virtual media briefing. Currently, Airtel tested their 5G speeds on OPPO Reno 5G and OPPO Find X2 Pro, and said that over 20 commercially available 5G phones in the country would be ready for Airtel 5G. Current users need not upgrade their SIM cards for 5G, they can enjoy the 5G speeds when available.
For JIO users, as we know JIO has announced in December that they will start the rollout of 5G service in the country in the second half of 2021, but yet to demonstrate it to the public.