Airtel and Ericsson conduct India's first Rural 5G Internet Trial

Bharati Airtel

Bharti Airtel was now able to realize speeds of 100mbps on a 5G enabled mobile device connected to a 5G site 10 km away in a 5G network test. The test was conducted as a part of a rural 5G pilot undertaken by the telco and Ericsson.

The demonstration took place in the outskirts of the Delhi/NCR in a village known as Bhaipur Bramanan, utilizing the 5G trial spectrum allocated to Airtel by the Department of Telecom (DoT).

Executive Opinion

Randeep Singh Sekhon, CTO, Airtel, said, "Having demonstrated India’s first 5G network and also the first 5G cloud gaming experience, Airtel is proud to have also conducted the nation’s first 5G trial in a rural setting. 5G will be a transformational technology when it comes to delivering broadband coverage to the last mile through use cases like Fixed Wireless Access and contribute to a more inclusive digital economy. Airtel will continue to be at the forefront of 5G technology and bring more India-relevant use cases through partnerships such as the one with Ericsson."

Nunzio Mirtillo, Head of Ericsson South East Asia, Oceania and India, said, "The technology milestone of extended coverage achieved by Ericsson and Airtel as part of the ongoing 5G trial in India is significant as it shows how 5G can connect the unconnected in India, enable faster 5G rollout and help the country to realize its Digital India vision. 5G will serve as a socio-economic multiplier for the country."

Bharti Airtel 5G trials

The development follows the Airtel recent announcement of INR 5000 crore investment in data centers, which will need 5G connectivity in the near future to support large organizations networking and government-based use cases.

The 5G solution deployment was possible with the help of fixed wireless access (FWA) and enhanced mobile broadband (Embb) services.

The trial demonstrated speeds of around 200 Mbps on the 5G compliant devices at a distance of 10 km away from the site. On a 5G enabled smartphone, 100 Mbps was the top speed being recorded. This translated to area coverage of around 20 km, where high-speed broadband coverage can be received.

Airtel revealed that it will enable 5G over its existing nationwide 4G infrastructure.
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