Airtel 5G services now ready to launch in India

Airtel today announced that it has now become India’s first telecommunication company which has successfully operated and tested a live 5G network over a commercial server in Hyderabad.

Airtel stated that this test run was done on the same spectrum in the 1800 MHz band using the NSA (Non-Stand Alone) network technology which it has been using for some years.

The telecom company added, “first of its kind, dynamic spectrum sharing to operate 5G and 4G concurrently within the same spectrum block” technology was used for this.

In a tweet announcing the same technological milestone for Airtel India, it said: “For the past 25 years Airtel has led India’s digital transformation & today we are proud to become the first telecom company in India to successfully demonstrate LIVE #5G service over a commercial network in the city of Hyderabad. #Airtel5GReady”

Chief Executive Officer & MD of Bharti Airtel, Gopal Vittal in a statement said, “I am very proud of our engineers who have worked tirelessly to showcase this incredible capability in Tech City, Hyderabad today. Every one of our investments is future-proofed as this game-changing test in Hyderabad proves. With Airtel being the first operator to demonstrate this capability, we have shown again that we have always been the first in India to pioneer new technologies in our quest for empowering Indians everywhere.”

According to Airtel, the 5G service will be capable of delivering 10x speeds, 10x latency and 100x concurrency in comparison to the existing networks.

The 5G services are now underway to get government permits and approval and will be starting as soon as the adequate spectrum is available to the company.

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