DoT to soon ask telecom operators to conduct 5G trials in rural areas

DoT to soon ask telecom operators to conduct 5G trials in rural areas
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Department of Telecommunications (DoT) will soon ask telecom operators to conduct 5G technology trials in rural areas.

This will be along with urban centres for which they have been given permission. Bharti Airtel, Reliance Jio and Vodafone Idea have already been given trial spectrum for six months to test 5G technology in India.

Once MTNL submits fees of Rs 5,000 required for the permission, it will also be given a trial spectrum. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE ABOUT 5G TECHNOLOGY

The DoT will ask telecom operators to include a rural area for testing 5G applications along with their urban centres.

The spectrum allocated has been in 700 Mhz band, 3.3-3.6 gigahertz (Ghz) band and 24.25-28.5 Ghz band across different locations.

Moreover, the telecom dept has approved these trials with Ericsson, Nokia, Samsung and C-DOT. It has not approved trials with Chinese vendors.

The trials will be conducted in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bengaluru. Furthermore, during the trials, the application of 5G in Indian settings will also be tested.

At present, the duration of trials is 6 months. This new generation technology will deliver 10 times better download speed than 4G.

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