During the ongoing 5G trials, Vodafone Idea (Vi) and Ericsson claimed to have achieved a technological milestone by displaying a peak download speed of 5.92 Gbps. Vodafone-Idea set a new speed record on a single test device during 5G trials in Pune, Maharashtra, on a combination of mid-band and high-band (mmWave) 5G trial spectrum using Ericsson Massive MIMO radios, Ericsson cloud native dual mode 5G core for Standalone architecture, and NR-DC (New Radio-Dual Connectivity) software.
When Vodafone Idea deploys 5G on its commercial network, it will be able to serve latency-sensitive and high-performance applications like as AR/VR and 8K video streaming, as well as new use cases for consumers and corporations, using 5G Standalone NR-DC software.
Vodafone Idea had already exhibited speeds of over 4Gbps during its 5G trials and use cases display in Pune. The new speed record of 5.92 Gbps was obtained while conducting experiments on the government-allocated 5G spectrum.
According to the November 2021 edition of the Ericsson Mobility Report, 5G is predicted to account for 39% of all mobile subscribers in India by 2027. According to the analysis, 5G is on course to become the dominant mobile access technology in terms of subscriptions globally by 2027. By this time, 5G is estimated to account for almost half of all mobile subscriptions worldwide, covering 75% of the global population and carrying 62% of global smartphone traffic.
"The trial highlights how Vi is constantly testing and developing its network for future 5G based services that will rely on the low latency, reliability, and fast speeds of 5G," said Jagbir Singh, Chief Technology Officer, Vi. Given the growing consumer demand for immersive media and video streaming services, the 5G speeds we've demonstrated will help us prepare for customer mobile broadband speeds and increased network capacity as we prepare for '5G for a Better Tomorrow' in India."
"Achieving this technology milestone of 5.92 Gbps download speed by leveraging Ericsson's 5G Standalone NR-DC software and cloud-native dual-mode 5G Core represents a milestone in India's evolution to 5G Standalone with mmWave," says Amarjeet Singh, Vice President and Head of Customer Unit Vi at Ericsson. Based on our global 5G deployment over 121 active networks, we are sure that we can assist customers like Vi in effortlessly transitioning to 5G."