Develop guidelines for 5G devices to support all spectrum bands, Telecom News, ET Telecom

NEW DELHI: Bharti Airtel has written to the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) to formulate guidelines requiring new 5G devices launched or sold in India to support all existing bands for 5G in the country, according to a report from Financial Express.

Airtel also pointed out that new devices are expected to support dynamic spectrum sharing (DSS), while dual SIM handsets are expected to support 2G, 3G and 4G at both locations.

In his communication to the telecommunications department, he noted that 50% of smartphone users in India change or upgrade their handsets after two years of use, and any further delay in creating an ecosystem of supporting devices. would hamper India’s 5G leadership ambitions.

Currently, the majority of 5G smartphones released by device makers in India only support the 3.5 GHz band, while 5G services can be provided using multiple existing frequency bands and a new radio interface.

In spectrum auctions conducted by the telecommunications department in March, telecommunications operators acquired airwaves in several bands, without the 700 MHz band, anticipating their future use for the launch of 5G services.

“However, the provision of 5G services in these existing multiple frequency bands can only occur with the availability of handsets if the minimum functionality to support 5G services is ensured,” said the Sunil-led phone company. Mittal, cited by the publication.

India’s second-largest telecommunications company recently activated its 5G test network at the Gurgaon Cyber ​​Hub in Millennium City and Mumbai’s Phoenix Mall in Lower Parel, ETTelecom previously reported.

Airtel’s site in Gurgaon operates in the 3500MHz band using Ericsson 5G equipment and offers a throughput of over 1Gbps. For the trial of the 5G network in Mumbai, he teamed up with Finnish Nokia. The DoT had allocated a 5G test spectrum to Airtel in the frequencies 3500MHz, 28GHz and 700MHz to Delhi-NCR, Mumbai, Kolkata and Bengaluru to develop India-relevant use cases for mobile broadband wireless technology. fifth generation. The department had also allocated spectrum to Jio and Vodafone Idea in the same groups.

Airtel is currently working with Oppo, OnePlus, Vivo, Realme, and Apple to test its 5G test network.

It also became the first telecommunications company to test its 5G network on a live network in Hyderabad using liberalized spectrum.

On the other hand, India’s third-largest telecommunications operator, Vodafone Idea, has also launched its 5G trials in Pune and Gandhinagar in partnership with Ericsson and Nokia, according to the general manager and CEO of the telecommunications company, Ravinder Takkar.

Market leader Reliance Jio has also started 5G trials at Navi Mumbai to test its own 5G technology.

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