Airtel, Huawei conduct successful 5G trial

Our Bureau New Delhi | Updated on February 23, 2018

Bharti Airtel and Chinese telecom vendor Huawei have successfully conducted India’s first 5G network trial under a test set-up.

The trial was conducted at Airtel’s Network Experience Centre in Manesar, Haryana,. The set-up included a 5G radio access network operating on 3.5 GHz band, 5G core and 50GE network slicing router, Huawei said.

“During the test trial, a user throughput of more than 3 Gbps was achieved using the set-up. This is the highest measured throughput for a mobile network in 3.5 GHz band with 100 MHz bandwidth and end-to-end network latency of approximately 1 msec,” said a joint statement issued on Friday.

The set-up demonstrates high spectral efficiency and potential for diversified services such as IoT (Internet of Things) and AR/VR (augmented/ virtual reality), which can be delivered by 5G technology to serve a digitally connected world, the companies said.

“This is small but a very significant step in our journey towards 5G. The promise of 5G is endless, it will be a game changer and, it will change the way we live, work and engage. We’re moving quickly to begin collaboration towards 5G interoperability and development testing based on the 3GPP R15 standards. We look forward to work closely with our partners for developing a robust 5G ecosystem in India,” said Abhay Savargaonkar, Director – Networks, Airtel.

“We shall also continue to work with vertical industry players to develop wider ecosystem use cases beyond enhanced mobile broadband,” said Emmanuel Coelho Alves, Director, Wireless Marketing, Huawei.

Published on February 23, 2018

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