Airtel’s 5G network is currently live in Gurugram’s Cyber Hub, a source related to the matter has informed Gadgets 360. Airtel is running this testing in partnership with Ericsson.
According to the source, after this testing, Airtel is planning to do similar testing in Mumbai.
Airtel is delivering its 5G network at speeds above 1Gbps during the trial. This is more than the speed available on 4G network in the country.
At present, Airtel customers will not be able to experience the 5G network during the trial even if they have a 5G enabled smartphone… as the government has not yet allowed it to be tested with customers. The devices that operators use for such testing require a specific software update from their manufacturer’s side so that it can be tested before the public rollout of this network.
In May, the government allowed telecom operators like Airtel, Jio and Vodafone Idea to conduct 5G trials with equipment makers like Ericsson, Nokia and Samsung. Airtel has received 5G trial spectrum in 3500MHz, 28GHz and 700MHz bands in Delhi, NCR, Mumbai, Kolkata and Bangalore.