Airtel becomes first to announce 5G ready network in India

Airtel does a first in India! Announces 5G ready network; successfully implements LIVE 5G service in this city

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Airtel announces 5G-ready network

.Telecom major Bharti Airtel on Thursday announced that it has become the India’s first telecom operator to successfully demonstrate and orchestrate LIVE 5G service over a commercial network in Hyderabad city.

In a major landmark, Telecom major Bharti Airtel on Thursday announced that it has become the India’s first telecom operator to successfully demonstrate and orchestrate LIVE 5G service over a commercial network in Hyderabad city. Airtel did this over its existing liberalised spectrum in the 1800 MHz band through the NSA (Non Stand Alone) network technology, the company said.

Using a first of its kind, dynamic spectrum sharing, Airtel seamlessly operated 5G and 4G concurrently within the same spectrum block. This demonstration has emphatically validated the 5G readiness of Airtel’s network across all domains – Radio, Core and Transport.

Airtel 5G is capable of delivering 10x speeds, 10x latency and 100x concurrency when compared to existing technologies. Specifically, in Hyderabad, users were able to download a full length movie in a matter of seconds on a 5G phone.

This demonstration has underlined the company’s technology capabilities.  The full impact of the 5G experience, however, will be available to our customers, when adequate spectrum is available and government approvals received.

“With Airtel being the first operator to demonstrate this capability, we have shown again that we have always been the first in India to pioneer new technologies in our quest for empowering Indians everywhere,” Gopal Vittal, MD & CEO, Bharti Airtel said in a statement.“We believe India has the potential to become a global hub for 5G innovation. To make that happen we need the ecosystem to come together – applications, devices and network innovation. We are more than ready to do our bit.” Vittal further added.