“… a handset that supports all the possibilities of 5G is very important. Airtel will offer users who want to buy 5G handsets various checks of their particular handsets to ensure that the handset is performing well in India not only on 5G but also on various other bands and carrier aggregations. This is important when choosing a 5G handset to get the best experience, ”Randeep Sekhon, CTO of Bharti Airtel told ET.
The telecommunications operator led by Sunil Mittal had recently urged the Ministry of Telecommunications to bring uniform guidelines to develop the ecosystem of 5G smartphones. He recommended that any new 5G handset sold in India support all bands existing in India for 5G, including mmwave bands.
India’s telecom operators have spectrum in the 2G, 3G and 4G bands that can be retrofitted and used for 5G NSA or 5G SA and also uses dynamic spectrum sharing (DSS) for rapid deployment. They want handset brands to support all existing spectrum bands like 1800/2100/2300 MHz and sub-GHz 800/900 MHz bands.
The telecom operator said it has successfully conducted a cloud gaming session on its 5G test network in Manesar using the 3.5 GHz spectrum band. Sekhon said “immersive entertainment” will be another major consumer use case for 5G. “But, for A / R and V / R, the content has to be created and personalized at the edge. We see how we can make it real.
Airtel is currently using the 3.5 GHz frequency band for 5G trials at Delhi-NCR and Mumbai. Sekhon said the phone company has not started 5G trials using the mmwave band. “As we get more gear, we’ll try that too. 3.5 GHz anchored with traditional 4G bands are currently being used for testing. “
“For B2B, Industry 4.0, high speed, high latency and mass concurrency around the IoT cloud and 5G are needed. It will be relevant, ”added Sekhon.
The CTO said telecom operators cannot do everything themselves and their main goal is to build the best infrastructure to enable partners. Airtel, he said, will have various partners to enable 5G use cases such as education, e-health and for industries.
“Some partnerships are intended for the first 5G trials and others for the massification of the deployment.
The true 5G experience will happen when all partners in the stakeholder ecosystem are available, ”Sekhon said.
Earlier this week Airtel Chairman Sunil Bharti Mittal said 5G would start to become a reality in India by the second half of next year.
“The 5G spectrum auction is expected to take place early next year, and by the second half of 2022-2023, we will start to see 5G services arriving in key cities in India,” predicted Mittal.