The efforts for ultra-fast seamless 5G services in India could bear fruit this year. Out of 16 applications, the telecommunication ministry has approved 13 applications for 5G trials in India. However, Chinese companies Huawei and ZTE have not been permitted to carry on 5G trials in the country. Last year, the US requested the Indian government to keep the Chinese companies out of trials.
For a long time, Chinese companies have been allegedly accused of working on the behest of the communist government. ZTE and Huawei are amongst the most influential manufacturers of 5G equipment in the world.
Soon Airwave will be allotted for the trial
An official said that an airwave of 700 MHz bands will be allotted for the 5G trials with strict terms and conditions. The prime focus must be given to the security, urban and rural areas. The commercial use of the Airwave will not be permitted for the trial period. Serious measures will be taken against any company failing to adhere to the terms and conditions.
Although the 5G service is yet to make its way in India, it has been started in over 68 countries worldwide. South Korea, China, and United States were the first countries to launch 5G services. Many smaller countries like New Zealand, Sri Lanka, Oman, etc are also amongst the countries with operational 5G services.
Who will take the first shot in launching 5G in India?
Mukesh Ambani Chairman of RIL said at the Indian Mobile Congress 2020 that Reliance Jio could launch 5G in the second half (July-December) of 2021. He further emphasized the need to take steps to maintain the digital lead in the country with the introduction of cheaper and available for all 5G services. It is believed that Jio will use an indigenously-developed network, powered by hardware and technology components.
Reliance Jio successfully tested 5G in America
Reliance Jio and Qualcomm have successfully tested 5G technology in the USA. Qualcomm is an American company working closely with India’s Jio to launch 5G technology in India soon, said Reliance Jio President Matthew Oman in an event of Qualcomm. Currently, customers are enjoying the browsing speed of 1GBPS on 5G service platforms in countries like the USA, South Korea, Germany, etc.
Government Telecom company BSNL join hands with C-DoT
Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has partnered with the Center for Development of Telematics (C-DoT) for the 5G trial in India. Founded in the year 1984, C-DoT is a development center for telecom development. Similarly, Bharti Airtel, Vodafone Idea, and Reliance Jio have partnered with vendors from tech giants Ericsson and Nokia.