Vodafone Idea to conduct 5G pilot project with Larsen & Toubro

Vodafone Idea (VI) has partnered with and Smart World & Communication business of Larsen & Toubro (L&T) for a pilot project to test 5G-based Smart City solutions, as part of its 5G trials on 5G spectrum.
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Vi and LT&T will test and validate 5G use cases built on IoT, Video AI technologies leveraging L&T’s Smart City platform – Fusion, in a pilot to be conducted in Pune.

“The advent of 5G technology opens whole new opportunities to address challenges of urban growth and provide end-to-end solutions to support sustainable creation of Smart Cities, in the future,” Abhijit Kishore, Chief Enterprise Business Officer, Vodafone Idea, said.

The partnership between Vi and Larsen & Toubro aims to trial 5G based use cases that cover 5G services such as enhanced Mobile Broadband (eMBB), Ultra Reliable Low Latency Communications (uRLLC) and Multi-Access Edge Computing (MEC).

It will help to analyze performance requirements of Smart city applications and business models in 5G, design and implement 5G based Smart & Safe city applications and use data analytics tools to visualise and analyze the trial results.

Vi has deployed its 5G trial in a setup of captive network of Cloud Core, new generation Transport and Radio Access Network, in Pune city. Vi has achieved peak speed in excess of 3.7 Gbps with very low latency on the mmWave spectrum band and equipment in 5G Non-Standalone network architecture and using NR Radios.

Vi has been allocated 26 GHz and 3.5 GHz spectrum in the mmWave band by the DoT, for their 5G network trials and use cases. Vi has also achieved peak download speeds of up to 1.5 Gbps in 3.5 Ghz band 5G trial network with its OEM partners.

The high speed and low latency characteristics of 5G network enables capabilities such as improved surveillance and video streaming/broadcast to permit the evolution of 5G smart cities and smart factories. Smart City and Industry 4.0 will accelerate with 5G deployment and usher in new era of Digital India.