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Thursday, 28 January 2021

Airtel becomes the first carrier in India to test a 5G network, is holding off the launch

Indian carrier Bharti Airtel trialed a live 5G network today, the test was conducted in the Hyderabad region using the 1.8 GHz band. The carrier spent the last year upgrading its network using Ericsson hardware manufactured in India. And now it can enable 5G with the push of a button. But that would be a mistake, CEO Gopal Vittal believes. He insists that a true 5G experience is only possible after the government allocates mid-band spectrum (2.5-3.7 GHz) for the new networks. That hasn’t happened yet, so the only option right now is for 4G and 5G networks to share spectrum (using...



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