India has been waiting years for a 5G rollout, and now it is finally coming. 5G services will begin rolling out in 13 cities in 2022, according to the Department of Telecommunications (DoT).
The Department of Telecommunication stated that 5G will be available in 13 locations throughout the country at first. Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chandigarh, Chennai, Delhi, Gandhinagar, Gurugram, Hyderabad, Jamnagar, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai, and Pune are some of the cities on this list. Telecom companies Airtel, Jio, and Vi conducted 5G testing in the majority of these locations earlier this year.
The DoT said, “Costing Rs 224 crore, the project is likely to be completed by December 31, 2021, paving the way for end-to-end testing of 5G (/topic/5g) User Equipments (UEs) and network equipment by 5G (/topic/5g) stakeholders developing 5G (/topic/5g) products/services/use cases, including indigenous start-ups, SMEs, Academia and Industry in the country.”
Users will be able to enjoy faster download speeds, connect more devices than just smartphones, and much more when 5G services become available. Bharti Airtel, Reliance Jio, and Vodafone-idea, three of the country’s biggest telecom companies, have already set up 5G testing sites in these locations.
The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay, IIT Hyderabad, IIT Delhi, IIT Madras, Indian Institute of Science (IISC) Bengaluru, IIT Kanpur, Society for Applied Microwave Electronics Engineering & Research (SAMEER), and Centre of Excellence in Wireless Technology (CEWiT) are among the institutes associated with the research project dubbed “Indigenous 5G Testbed project.”
Because 5G services are still in the testing stage, spectrum allocation will be critical in determining when 5G will be commercially available in India. All major telecom carriers, including Airtel, Reliance Jio, Vodafone-Idea, and MTNL, have received spectrum from the Department of Transportation for 5G testing. Ericsson, Nokia, Samsung, and Mavenir are all participating in the testing.
The experimental spectrum is divided into three bands: mid-band (3.2 GHz to 3.67 GHz), the millimeter-wave band (24.25 GHz to 28.5 GHz), and sub-gigahertz band (3.2 GHz to 3.67 GHz) (700 GHz). TSPs were also given permission to undertake 5G experiments using their current spectrum (800 MHz, 900 MHz, 1800 MHz, and 2500 MHz).