The Ministry of Communications of the Government of India and The Department of Telecommunications have approved the 5G trials in India. This permission has been granted only to those who have been assigned 5G spectrum. It is reported that companies will begin this test from this week. Which means that the telecom companies Reliance Jio, Bharti Airtel, Vi will start their trial all over India. However, it is not yet clear how long this test will last.
The Chinese providers will stay out of the test, which means that the telecom equipment company, including Huawei, will not be part of this 5G test. This announcement came at a time when India has carved a niche for itself in launching 5G. Although the move into 5G has been seen in India for a few months now, there is an official confirmation and spectrum allocation for 5G trials is expected soon.
5G Trials in India
Bharti Airtel, Reliance Jio, Vodafone Idea and MNTL will begin 5G trials in different locations in the country, covering all three areas: rural, semi-urban and urban.
A statement from the Department of Telecommunications said: “The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has today enabled telecommunications service providers (TSPs) to test and use 5G technology.” Applicant TSPs include Bharti Airtel, Reliance Jio, Vodafone Idea, and MNTL. Initially, Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea had proposed to test Huawei’s technology in China, but later said it would be tested without the Chinese company’s technology.
This step also indicates that the government can prevent Chinese companies from participating in 5G service in the country. Telecom operators will also be able to use their existing spectrum (800 MHz, 900 MHz, 1800 MHz and 2500 MHz) in 5G trials. DoT has said that “the trial period will be six months at present, this will also include two months for the purchase and installation of equipment.”