Nokia announced its partnership with Vodafone Idea to trial 5G services through E-Band in areas where fiber is challenging to deploy.
Vi has connected small cells and macrocells with fiber-like speed through the E-band (60GHz to 90GHz) spectrum.
Vi and Nokia achieved 9.85 Gbps of backhaul capacity using E-band Microwave in 80GHz spectrum, unlocking the potential of 5G.
Vodafone Idea is currently conducting 5G trials in India using the trial spectrum in the 3.3GHz-3.6GHz band and mmWave band (24.25GHz-28.5GHz).
Vi has received mmWave high bands like 26 GHz from the DoT, along with the traditional 3.5 GHz spectrum band, for 5G network trials.
Earlier, Vodafone Idea said it achieved peak speed of over 3.7 Gbps during its 5G trials in Pune. It also claimed to have achieved peak download speed of up to 1.5 Gbps in 3.5 Ghz band 5G trial network in Gandhinagar and Pune.