Airtel has successfully demonstrated live 5G service over a commercial network in Hyderabad. It has now become India’s first telecom giant to demonstrate & orchestrate “LIVE 5G service”. The leading global telecommunications company used a spectrum block in the 1,800MHz band to operate both 5G and 4G simultaneously on its network. 

After Jio 5G plans, Airtel left its rival behind and successfully conducted live 5G tests in the country. It used “first of its kind, dynamic spectrum sharing” system to achieve this milestone. Itemphasized that its 5G network is capable of delivering 10x speeds, 10x latency and 100x concurrency when compared to existing technologies.

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Together with its equipment partner Ericsson, Airtel enabled 5G experience. The operator claimed that it had the capability to operate its 5G network over existing technology-neutral spectrum in mid-bands that are at 1800MHz, 2100MHz, and 2300MHz frequency alongside the sub-GHz bands available at 800MHz and 900MHz. The transition to 5G is available through software upgrades over the existing network infrastructure. Gopal Vittal, MD and CEO, Bharti Airtel, during a virtual media briefing, said, “The moment we receive government approvals, and we have the right spectrum bands and in adequate quantities, we’ll be able to roll this [5G] out immediately.”

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The next-generation wireless 5G service will pave the way for fast internet speeds and power internet of things (IoT) applications, such as driverless cars and smart cities.Airtel5G demonstration is live at select few stores in Hyderabad. The telecom giant has requested all enthusiasts to experience the new Airtel5G Sim experience while ensuring all guidelines are met to curb coronavirus spread.

Reliance Industries Ltd. had claimed last year that Jio has built an indigenous 5G solution and was ready to launch the service in the second half of 2021, but has not shared details of its 5G solution.

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