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Ericsson, Nokia and Samsung secure 5G contracts with Airtel

Bharti Airtel spent a total of $5.4 billion to secure 19,800 megahertz of spectrum in several bands to launch 5G Indian carrier Bharti Airtel has signed 5G network agreements with Ericsson, Nokia and Samsung to start 5G deployments in the country. In a release announcing the...

Airtel preps for 5G launch in key cities across India

Airtel recently secured 19,800 MHz of spectrum in the latest spectrum auction conducted by the Department of Telecom India’s largest telecom operator, Bharti Airtel, aims to deploy 5G services across the country starting with some initial key cities, the telco said in a release. The telco...

Indian government confirms four bidders for 5G spectrum

The 5G spectrum auction is scheduled to start on July 26 India’s Department of Telecom (DoT) confirmed that it had received applications from Adani Data Networks, Reliance Jio Infocomm, Vodafone Idea and Bharti Airtel for participation in upcoming 5G auction. The telecom department also said that...

Indian government approves 5G spectrum auction

The government has also decided to allow enterprises to deploy and run 5G private networks The Government of India announced plans to hold an auction of 5G spectrum by the end of July and confirmed that some frequencies will be reserved to enable enterprises to...

Indian telcos urge government not to allow enterprises to run 5G networks

The government of India is still evaluating if enterprises will be allowed to have their own 5G infrastructure The Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) has told the Government of India that local carriers will not have incentives to deploy 5G networks if authorities allowed...

Reliance Jio, Airtel well positioned to buy pan-India 5G spectrum: report

The Government of India is expected to award 5G frequencies during June Indian operators Reliance Jio and Bharti Airtel are the two only telcos in a position to buy pan-India 5G frequencies in the upcoming spectrum auction, according to a report by Bank of America...

Telecom vendors ready to start 5G deployments in India by October: Report

The government of India expects to kick off a much-awaited 5G spectrum auction next month Telecom equipment vendors have said that they will be ready to roll out the first phase of 5G in India by October. According to a report in Indian newspaper Business Standard,...

India expects first 6G networks by the end of the decade: Report

India's Prime Minister said that a 6G task force has already started work to achieve this goal The Indian government is expecting the initial rollouts of 6G networks by the end of the decade, local newspaper Business Standard reported, citing Prime Minister Narendra Modi. According to...

Indian government may further reduce the price of 5G frequencies: Report

Local regulator TRAI has recommended a cut in the base price of 5G spectrum by nearly 39% compared to the initial recommended price The government on India may further reduce the base price of 5G frequencies for the upcoming auction, local press reported Telecom Minister...

Airtel, Mavenir claim first O-RAN-based 5G NSA validation in India

The O-RAN-based 5G validation used spectrum in the 3500 MHz band Indian operator Bharti Airtel has conducted what is said to be India’s first Open Radio Access Network (Open RAN) based live 5G network validation in partnership with Mavenir. The Mavenir Open Virtualized Radio Access Network...

Airtel to use European vendors, O-RAN gear for its 5G network: report

The executive said that Airtel will not aquire equipment from Chinese vendors for its 5G network deployment Indian operator Bharti Airtel expects to deploy its 5G network using equipment from European vendors as well as Open RAN equipment, local press reported, citing the company’s CTO...

India’s state-run telco BSNL to launch 4G, 5G NSA in August: Report

BSNL aims to launch its 5G SA network in India in the third quarter of 2023 India’s state-owned telco Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) expects to launch commercial 4G services as well as its 5G network in Non-Standalone (NSA) mode in August, local newspaper The...

Indian government may reduce base price for 5G spectrum: Report

The Indian government expects to award 5G spectrum in August or September The government of India may lower the base price for 5G frequencies in the upcoming spectrum auction, Bloomberg reported, citing a person with knowledge of the matter. The decision to lower the price of...

India expects 5G auction to be completed by August: Report

India expects to conclude its 5G spectrum auction by August and for services to be rolled out subsequently, CNBC reported, citing the country’s Telecommunications and Technology Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw. The ministry said that the country’s telecoms regulator TRAI is in the final stages of its...

Google to invest in Bharti Airtel, picking up 1.28% stake

Google will invest up to $1 billion in a partnership with Airtel as part of its Google for India Digitization Fund Google has announced plans to invest up to $1 billion in a partnership with India’s second-largest mobile network operator Bharti Airtel as part of...

Indian government confirms 5G auction for 2022

India seems to be set to auction new frequencies to allow local telcos to launch 5G services as the nation’s Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs Nirmala Sitharaman unveiled plans for an auction later this year. The official confirmed that operators are expected to launch...

Indian operators urge government to reduce reserve price for 5G spectrum

Indian telecom operators have submitted comments to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) asking the government to cut the reserve price for 5G spectrum, according to local press reports. Operators are saying that the reserve price for the 5G spectrum needs to be cut...

Airtel, TCS demonstrate 5G-based use cases for factories

"Neural Manufacturing" solutions the focus of Airtel 5G demos Indian operator Bharti Airtel and compatriot company Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) said they have successfully tested innovative use cases from TCS’ Neural Manufacturing solutions suite on Airtel’s 5G network. Airtel has been allocated 5G trial spectrum by...

Major Indian cities to get 5G technology during 2022: report

Indian 5G launch delayed by spectrum allocation process 5G services are expected to be deployed in some of the main Indian cities during 2022, local press reported citing information from the Indian government. The cities which are set to get the 5G technology in 2022 include...

India expects initial 5G launches to occur in August 2022: Report

The government of India expects local operators to launch 5G service in some parts of the country by mid-August 2022, local newspaper Business Standard reported. According to the report, a source with knowledge of the matter said that a limited 5G launch is possible by...

India aims to launch locally developed 6G tech in 2024: report

At the same time, India is notably lagging in 5G due to regulatory delays India expects to be in a position to launch indigenously developed 6G technology by the end of 2023 or early 2024, local press reported, citing the country’s Minister for Communication Ashwini...

Airtel, Nokia conduct 5G trial in the 700 MHz band

Airtel claiming a national "first" with 700 MHz 5G trial Indian operator Bharti Airtel has launched what it claims to be India’s first 5G trial in the 700 MHz spectrum band in partnership with Finnish vendor Nokia, the former said in a release. The 5G trial...

Indian government approves extension for 5G trials

Indian operators Reliance Jio Infocomm, Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea have received a six-month extension from the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) to conduct 5G trials, according to local press reports. With this extension, the carriers will be able to carry out 5G trials until May...

India likely to carry out 5G spectrum auction in April or May 2022: Report

The Indian government is expected to award frequencies for the provision of 5G services in April or May 2022, Indian press reported, citing the country’s Communications Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw. Vaishnaw said that the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai), which looks at the structure of...

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