The long-awaited 5G is here in India. Indian carrier Bharti Airtel trialed a live 5G network today, the test was conducted in the Hyderabad region using the 1.8 GHz band. Last year the company had worked with Ericsson for the hardware upgrade in India and now Airtel can easily upgrade their network with a single.
But as of now, the Indian govt has not allocated any mid-band spectrum (2.5-3.7 GHz) officially, so so the only option right now is for 4G and 5G networks to share spectrum.
By using the Dynamic Spectrum Sharing, Airtel can share the network for both 4G and 5G.
Airtel’s ability to run 5G service over its existing commercial network is a win for the company. Last year JIO has announced the launching of 5G services in India in the second half of 2021. Ambani, chairman of Reliance Industries Ltd, claimed in July last year that Jio has built an indigenous 5G solution and was ready to launch the service in the second half of 2021. It has not shared details of its 5G solution yet.
Airtel used a block in the 1,800MHz spectrum band to operate both 5G and 4G simultaneously on its network in Hyderabad.