Bharti Airtel today announced that it has become India’s first telco to 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.
Airtel seamlessly operated 5G and 4G concurrently within the same spectrum block by using dynamic spectrum sharing.
This demonstration has emphatically validated the 5G readiness of Airtel’s network across all domains – Radio, Core and Transport, Airtel said.
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 impact of the 5G experience will be available to our customers, when adequate spectrum is available and government approvals received, said Gopal Vittal, MD and CEO of Bharti Airtel.
How Airtel made its network 5G ready?
Using dynamic spectrum sharing technologies, Airtel now has the capability to operate 5G over its existing technology neutral spectrum in mid-bands (1800/2100/2300 MHz) and sub-GHz bands (800/900 MHz).
This means, if permitted, Airtel can operate 5G and 4G dynamically within the same spectrum block and is ready to deploy 5G in a matter of months. This technology capability along with future spectrum allocations in 3.5 GHz will enable Airtel to deliver a truly world-class 5G experience to customers.
Airtel 5G is capable of delivering 10x speeds, 10x latency and 100x concurrency when compared to existing technologies. Specifically, in the demonstration in Hyderabad, users were able to download a full length movie in a matter of seconds on a 5G phone.
Why is Airtel demonstrating this technology capability?
The demonstration validates the 5G readiness of Airtel’s network. It future proofs Airtel’s network investments and makes all its technology neutral spectrum assets fully capable of delivering 5G.
Airtel can now switch on 5G through simple software upgrades over the existing network infrastructure. With virtually no change in radio assets & antennas and no major increase in operational costs, it will allow Airtel to roll-out 5G fast and wide.
The same technology will also enable Airtel to deploy 5G in 3.5 GHz in future. Since mid-band spectrum has better coverage than high-band (3.5GHz), it would also be valuable for improving 5G coverage.
What does it mean for Airtel customers?
Customers have the assurance that when it comes to latest technologies, Airtel is one step ahead of the industry.
If permitted by the authorities, in a matter of months, Airtel customers can start experiencing 5G. Over 20 commercially available 5G smartphones in India will be ready for Airtel 5G.