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Telecom drivers, including Reliance Jio, Bharti Airtel, and Vodafone Idea, have asked the Department of Telecom to extend the 5G trial period by six months.

In May, the government allocated diapason to the telecom companies in 700 MHz bands, 3.3-3.6 Gigahertz (GHz) band and24.25-28.5 GHz band for trials across colorful locales for six months.

"All telecom companies have asked for an extension of 5G trials by another six months,” an elderly government functionary told PTI. The current trial period ends in November.

The Department of Telecom (Fleck) has started the process for marketable roll out of 5G by seeking telecom controller Trai's view on the pricing and methodology for the diapason transaction.

While there's no clarity on the timeline of the diapason transaction, assiduity sources anticipate it to take place in April-June 2022 period.

On May 4, Fleck cleared operations from Reliance Jio, Bharti Airtel, Vodafone Idea, and MTNL for conducting 5G trials without using technologies from Chinese companies.

Fleck had approved trials of 5G with Ericsson, Nokia, Samsung, and C-DOT. In addition, Reliance Jio Info COMM has been conducting trials using its own indigenous technology as well as Samsung gears.

According to Fleck, 5G technology is anticipated to deliver ten times better download speed than that of 4G and up to three times lesser diapason effectiveness.

Vodafone Idea claims to have recorded a top speed of 3.7 gigabits per second during the trial while the top speed recorded in India for marketable 4G services has been around 23 megabits per second.

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