The Telecom Department approved 5G technology and spectrum trials for telecom service providers, May 4. (TSPs). Bharti Airtel, Reliance JioInfocomm, Vodafone Idea, and MTNL will begin 5G trials in various parts of India, including rural, semi-urban, and urban areas. Ericsson, Nokia, Samsung, C-DOT, and Reliance Jio’s indigenously built technologies are among the telecom gear makers certified for trials. As a result, Chinese gear manufacturers will be excluded from the 5G trials.
“Telecom Service Providers (TSPs) have been granted approval by the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) to conduct trials for the use and implementations of 5G technology. Bharti Airtel Ltd, Reliance JioInfocomm Ltd, Vodafone Idea Ltd, and MTNL are among the TSPs that have applied “In a statement, the Telecom Department said.
Initially, Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea put forward plans to conduct trials using Huawei technology. Later, they submitted applications in which the trials will be conducted without the use of Chinese vendors’ technologies.
“Ericsson, Nokia, Samsung, and C-DOT are among the TSPs that have partnered with original equipment manufacturers and technology providers. Furthermore, Reliance JioInfocomm Ltd will perform trials using its own proprietary technologies “According to the Department of Transportation.
The government’s new move also suggests that Chinese companies could be barred from participating in the country’s 5G rollout. Telecom companies will also be able to perform 5G trials using their current spectrum (800 MHz, 900 MHz, 1800 MHz, and 2500 MHz).
“The trials are currently scheduled to last for six months. This requires a two-month cycle for equipment acquisition and installation “According to the Department of Transportation.