The companies said in a joint statement that they achieved high-speed wireless broadband network coverage of 40 km between two 5G sites in real-life conditions.
For the trial, Bharti Airtel used Nokia’s equipment from its 5G portfolio, including AirScale radios and standalone core.
It was also the first 5G trial in eastern India. “Back in 2012, Airtel launched India’s first 4G service in Kolkata. Today, we are delighted to conduct India’s first 5G demo in the coveted 700 MHz band in the city to showcase the power of this technology standard,” said Randeep Singh Sekhon, chief technology officer, Bharti Airtel.
Naresh Asija, head of Bharti CT, Nokia, said, “5G deployment using 700 MHz spectrum is helping communications service providers across the world to cost-effectively provide mobile broadband in remote areas, where typically it is challenging for them to set up the network infrastructure.”
Earlier, Bharti Airtel had conducted the country’s first rural 5G trial, with Nokia’s rival Ericsson, on the outskirts of Delhi.
Both Bharti Airtel and
have started using the trial 5G spectrum allotted by the Department of Telecommunications and have formed partnerships with industry players.