Airtel conducts successful 5G trial on 700MHz in Kolkata

Our Bureau New Delhi | Updated on November 25, 2021

Airtel is using equipment from Nokia’s 5G portfolio for the trials

Bharti Airtel (Airtel) on Thursday successfully conducted India’s first 5G trial in the 700 MHz band in partnership with Nokia, in Kolkata.

Airtel has been allotted test spectrum in multiple bands by the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) for the validation of 5G technology and use cases.

The demonstration, conducted on the outskirts of Kolkata, was also the first 5G trial in Eastern India, the company said in a statement.

"Back in 2012, Airtel launched India’s first 4G service in Kolkata. Today, we conducted India’s first 5G demo in the coveted 700 MHz band in the city to showcase the power of this technology standard. We believe that with the right pricing of 5G spectrum in the upcoming auctions, India can unlock the digital dividend and build a truly connected society with broadband for all," Randeep Singh Sekhon, Chief Technology Officer, Airtel said.

Leveraging the enhanced propagation characteristics of the 700 MHz band, Airtel and Nokia were able to achieve high speed wireless broadband network coverage of 40 Km between two 3GPP standard 5G sites in real life conditions, he said.

Airtel used equipment from Nokia’s 5G portfolio, which included Nokia AirScale radios and standalone (SA) core, the company said.

“The 5G deployment using 700Mhz spectrum is helping communications service providers across the world to cost-effectively provide mobile broadband in remote areas, where typically it is challenging for them to set up the network infrastructure. Nokia is at the forefront in the development of the global 5G ecosystem, and we look forward to supporting Airtel on its 5G journey," Naresh Asija, Vice President, Nokia, said.

Airtel has been spearheading 5G in India having earlier this year demonstrated India’s first 5G experience over a live 4G network. It had also demonstrated India’s first rural 5G trial as well as the first cloud gaming experience on 5G.

Published on November 25, 2021

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