DoT has allowed 5G internet testing to Ericsson, Nokia, Samsung and C-DoT. Chinese companies and companies using technology have not been allowed.
The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) can ask telecom companies to test 5G internet in urban areas as well as rural areas. DoT has given Bharti Airtel, Reliance Jio and Vodafone six months time to test the 5G internet across the country.
An official source said that the public sector telecom company MTNL can take permission for 5G testing by depositing a fee of five thousand rupees. The company will then be given a spectrum for testing.
Sources said, “DoT will ask telecom companies to conduct 5G internet testing in urban areas as well as rural areas. MTNL has partnered with C-DoT for 5G internet testing in Delhi. They will also conduct tests in Najafgarh area of Delhi. After depositing an amount of five thousand rupees, the spectrum will be given for testing.
Chinese companies kept out of testing
Telecom operators have been allowed to test in the 700 MHz band, 3.3-3.6 GHz (GHz) band and 24.25-28.5 GHz band at many locations in the country. DoT has allowed 5G internet testing to Ericsson, Nokia, Samsung and C-DoT. Chinese companies and companies using technology have not been allowed.
An industry source said that Reliance Jio will use Samsung’s networked equipment, including its technology, for 5G internet testing. However, Jio and Samsung have not commented on this.
Testing will be done in these cities
The 5G tests will be conducted in many parts of Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bangalore, Gujarat and Hyderabad in the country. Bharti Airtel will conduct tests in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Bengaluru, while Jio has applied for tests in Delhi, Mumbai, Gujarat and Hyderabad. 5G technology is capable of delivering ten times better download speeds than 4G and utilizing the spectrum three times more efficiently, as per telecommunication.
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