Airtel becomes the first carrier in India to test a 5G network

Leading Indian telecom operator Bharti Airtel conducted a live trail of 5G network today. The test was conducted in the Hyderabad city with 1800 GHz band. The telco spent the one whole year upgrading its network using Ericsson’s network hardware manufactured in India. And now it can enable 5G with the push of a button, as it claims. Airtel believes its 5G network can deliver 10 times higher speeds while reducing latency 10 times, once the spectrum is available.

Airtel 5G speed test conducted in Hyderabad, India

India was intending to conduct its 5G spectrum auction for various bands last year, but the same was postponed considering financial struggles of the telecom industry. The Government is planning to conduct auction of 5G bands (3.3-3.6 GHz) later this year. Indian telcos will ramp up their 5G adoption as soon as the necessary spectrum is available.

As per the operator’s report, there are already 1 million 5G-enabled devices on its network, all of which are bound to 4G network for now. In December, India’s biggest operator, Jio announced its plan to launch a 5G network by June 2021.