Airtel, Huawei conduct India's first 5G trial

The trial was conducted at Airtel's network experience centre in Manesar, Gurgaon. Photograph:( Others )

WION Web Team Delhi, India Feb 23, 2018, 01.56 PM (IST)

India's first 5G network trial was successfully conducted today by Indian telecom giant Bharti Airtel and Chinese equipment maker Huawei. In the first-ever trial, over 3 gigabit per second data speed was achieved. The trial was conducted at Airtel's network experience centre in Manesar, Gurgaon.

"This is small but a very significant step in our journey towards 5G. The promise of 5G is endless, it will be a game changer and, it will change the way we live, work and engage. We look forward to working closely with our partners for developing a robust 5G ecosystem in India," Abhay Savargaonkar, Director Networks, Bharti Airtel said.

"This is the highest measured throughput for a mobile network in 3.5 GHz band with 100 MHz bandwidth and end-to-end network latency of approximately 1 milliseconds," the statement said.

The 5G technology will facilitate faster and smoother access of services like augmented reality, virtual reality, among others.

"We have been focusing on developing 5G ecosystem and use cases, and the show with Bharti Airtel impressively demonstrates the performance capability of 5G in 3.5 GHz band. We shall also continue to work with vertical industry players to develop wider ecosystem use cases beyond enhanced mobile broadband." Emmanuel Coelho Alves, Director, Wireless Marketing, Huawei HQ noted.