India’s 5Gi to be merged with 3GPP standards

India’s local 5G standard, called 5Gi is to be merged with the global 5G standard of 3GPP. The local standard was created to cater to the connectivity demands of Indian rural market. This unification is supposed to be a part of 3GPP release 17. As per the chief of TSDSI (Telecom Standard Development committee of India), this is a big step taken towards India’s goal to offer enhanced coverage across rural, remote and urban areas.

There is a skepticism that this merger process will delay the launch of 5G in India, as it will be additional burden for carriers to support the standard. And also it might result into technology fragmentation and interoperability challenges.

The merger of these standards will enable a single common specification going forward. This idea of merging has received positive feedback from global stakeholders. The 5Gi and 3GPP-5G merger is a huge milestone. I will be a key enabler to achieve high-speed, high quality connectivity for all as 5G roleout starts in India.

Smart launches its 5G SA network in the Philippines

Smart Communications from the Philippines has switched on its 5G SA network in the Makati metro region. With this launch, it has become one of the first operators to launch standalone 5G network around the world. This will be an opportunity for Smart to position itself at the forefront of the 5G innovations in the country.

With the first batch of 5G SA sites fully operational, it will open a platform for Smart to test true capabilities of 5G. It will play a critical role in the advancement of massive IoT, industrial automation, smart healthcare and smart cities, delivering a true world-class experience. It will also create opportunities for consumers and enterprises to maximize its ultra-reliable and low-latency capabilities.

With the 5G SA network in place, Smart has upgraded its 5G facilities to connect to 5G core instead of EPC. Thus, Smart can soon offer Voice over NR (VoNR) and network slicing capabilities. Smart has announced that it has also made its first successful VoNR call at its research facility in Smart tower in Makati city.

Record 5G speed achieved on Viettel network

5G speed in Vietnam’s Viettel network has been recorded a peak 4.7 Gbps, which is 40 times faster than 4G. The test was carried out on millimeter wave (mmWave) spectrum using radio equipment from Ericsson and a device powered by Qualcomm’s X60 modem. This milestone will strengthen the outstanding capabilities of 5G that Viettel is deploying in Vietnam. This gigabit-speed 5G network will be a foundation for several smart applications of 5G.

To achieve this ultra-high speed, Viettel has used the most advanced E-UTRA NR Dual Connectivity (EN-DC) using 800 MHz bandwidth of mmWave spectrum for greater 5G coverage. Viettel has been a pioneer for 5G deployment in Vietnam and it is the only operator globally to have R&D facility for 5G devices. This breakthrough of 5G speed will make Viettel’s 5G network much more practical and efficient.

Nguyen Hue Walking Street of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

The trial was achieved using Ericsson’s NR Street Macro solution on mmWave spectrum. It is an easy-to-install solution intended to help accelerate 5G roll-out experience in dense urban regions while ensuring the optimum user experience. This accomplishment of Viettel will empower many industries in Vietnam to accelerate digital transformation. It will also enable many innovative use cases for consumers and businesses to leverage multi-gigabit speed, low latency, and high network capacity.