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Nokia, Vodafone Idea claim ‘fiber-like’ 5G speeds using E-band

The pair used E-band spectrum to connect small cells and macro cells in areas where fiber is challenging to deploy Earlier this week, Nokia claimed to have achieved a record breaking 9.85 backhaul capacity on Indian operator Vodafone Idea’s 5G network using E-band (60GHz to...

India preps for next round of 5G spectrum auctions, seeks pricing recommendations

5G spectrum pricing has been a sticking point for Indian mobile operators, who have claimed that prices are much higher than the global going rate In preparation for the next round of 5G spectrum auctions, India’s Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has reportedly asked telecom regulator...

Oppo conducts 5G Standalone trial for Reno6 Series at Reliance Jio’s 5G Lab

Oppo India conducted a 5G Standalone (SA) network trial with its Reno6 series of devices with Reliance Jio at the mobile carrier’s 5G Lab, yielding, according to the company's “highly positive results.” The Reno6 Pro smartphone supports 11 5G bands, and the Reno6 supports...

Ciena’s photonic technology to reportedly triple Bharti Airtel’s network capacity

Ciena’s photonic technology is expected to enhance user experiences on Bharti Airtel's impending 5G network India’s Bharti Airtel announced that it deployed Ciena’s 600G and 800G photonic technology in several cities including Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and Kolkata to increase fiber optic network capacity to enhance...

Bharti Airtel to trial Tata Group’s O-RAN solutions in India

Airtel is a board member of the O-RAN Alliance and has begun 5G trials in major Indian cities Indian communications provider Bharti Airtel and Tata Group have announced a strategic partnership to implement a 5G network in India. Per the agreement, Airtel will pilot Tata...

Bharti Airtel to sell ‘unutilized’ 800 MHz spectrum to Reliance Jio

Bharti Airtel signed a trading deal to sell 800 MHz spectrum in Andhra Pradesh (3.75 MHz), Delhi (1.25 MHz) and Mumbai (2.50 MHz) to rival Reliance Jio Infocomm. Bharti Airtel’s CEO Gopal Vittal explained that the sale will allow the company to “unlock value from...

Bharti Airtel demos 5G network ahead of mid-band spectrum auction

Indian mobile service provider Bharti Airtel demonstrated its Non-Standalone live 5G service the city of Hyderabad over its existing spectrum in the 1.8 GHz band. Airtel used spectrum sharing, allowing the carrier to operate 5G and 4G connections from within the same spectrum block. Ericsson...

Nokia, Vodafone India Foundation deploy more than 400 sensors as part of SmartAgri solution

The deployment will benefit more than 50,000 farmers in India Nokia and Vodafone India Foundation, the CSR arm of Vi, have deployed a Smart Agriculture (SmartAgri) solution as part of a pilot that is being implemented in 100 locations in the states of Madhya Pradesh...

AWS to spend $2.8 billion on new cloud region in India

The new AWS cloud region is expected to become active in mid-2022 Amazon Web Services revealed big plans to spend $2.8 billion to build a second AWS cloud region in India. The new region, located in the state of Telangana in the Hyderabad tech hub,...

Facebook’s Reliance Jio investments gives it the front seat to Indian digital transformation

Facebook’s recent investment of $5.7 billion in Reliance Jio Platforms has received much media attention. Soon after, private equity firms Vista Equity Partners, and Silver Lake announced $1.5 billion and $747 million investments into the venture. Facebook and Reliance Jio have indicated that their...

Nokia secures $1 billion 5G deal with Bharti Airtel

Nokia will deploy 300,000 radio units across several spectrum bands Nokia has secured a $1 billion (nearly ₹7,636 crore) deal with India’s Bharti Airtel to supply its Single Radio Access Network (SRAN) solution across nine geographic regions in India. In a process that is expected to...

Facebook invests big in Reliance Jio, securing stake in India’s tech sector

The Facebook, Reliance Jio collaboration will involve bringing together JioMart with WhatsApp Facebook is making a $5.7 billion investment in Reliance Jio, translating to a 9.99% stake in the Indian mobile carrier’s operations. Facebook spoke of the development on its corporate website where comments made by...

Indian Telephone Industries to manufacture ventilators amid COVID-19

Medical experts say that India needs several thousand ventilators to address COVID-19 The Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) and state-owned electronics product manufacturer Indian Telephone Industries (ITI) are in talks to produce portable ventilators as a response to COVID-19 outbreak. ITI Chairman Rakesh Mohan Agarwal told...

Bharti Airtel network outperforms rivals in India: Study

Bharti Airtel achieved a median download speed of 7.4 Mbps According to a new Tutela report, Bharti Airtel’s network is stronger than its rival telecom operators in India in four of the five key tested metrics for the network connectivity. Airtel proved to have the...

Realme to launch 5G phone in India, despite lack of networks

Realme doesn't seem to care that India’s 5G networks are still years away Despite the lack of an active 5G network in India, Realme has announced the country’s first 5G smartphone, the X50 Pro 5G. The device manufacturer doesn’t seem to care that, even with...

Qualcomm’s new mobile platforms offer solutions for Indian consumers

4G to remain a focus area for regions like India Qualcomm's three new mobile platforms, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, 662 and 460, will, according to the company, enable enhanced user experiences, support Dual-Frequency (L1 and L5) GNSS to improve location positioning accuracy and robustness, and...

Indian carriers prepare for 5G despite high spectrum prices

Indian carriers have been busy conducting trials and implementing 5G-ready equipment For some time, it was looking as if India’s 5G spectrum auctions would take place by the end of this year. However, high spectrum prices continue to throw a wrench in India’s 5G timeline....

After successful trial, ROKiT to expand Wi-Fi installation across India

ROKiT hopes to provide "affordable and life changing service to millions of people" ROKiT, a self-labeled humanity first telecom company, has completed its first test of the company's wide-area Wi-Fi XL system in New Dehli. The test, which the company said was successful, is part of its multi-billion dollar investment into installing Wi-Fi across India, Asia and Africa.    “Testing...

American Tower completes acquisition of nearly 9,000 telecom towers in India

  American Tower currently operates around 68,000 towers in the Indian market American Tower (ATC) has expanded its footprint in India through the completion of the acquisition of Indian carrier Idea’s tower business. The local subsidiary of ATC has acquired a portfolio of around 9,000 towers in...

Huawei, Bharti Airtel complete first 5G trial in India

Indian government wants commercial 5G by 2020 Indian telecom operator Bharti Airtel and vendor Huawei have conducted what the companies claim to be India’s first 5G network trial achieving a data speed of more than 3 Gbps. The trial was conducted at Airtel’s network experience center...

Analyst Angle: BSNL driving digital India with Wi-Fi strategy

  India is known to have the second largest population in the world at 1.3 billion, but it also has the second largest number of mobile subscriptions in the world. However, despite much progress in the last few years, when it comes to broadband, India...

India looks to be a leader in 5G

New 5G research committee has initial budget of $76 million for research  The government of India has announced plans to establish a dedicated 5G committee to develop a roadmap for the rollout of the technology by 2020, according to Indian press reports. The group, dubbed...

GSMA predicts major growth in APAC mobile market

The GSMA further expects APAC will have 670 million 5G connections by 2025 SHANGHAI- China and India will account for almost half of all new mobile subscribers expected to be added worldwide by the end of the decade, Mats Granryd, Director General of the GSMA,...

Bharti Airtel acquires 4G business to expand spectrum holding in India

The Indian telco will own 30 megahertz in the 2.3 GHz band once the acquisition if fully completed. Indian telecommunications company Bharti Airtel signed an agreement to acquire Tikona Digital Networks' 4G business for $244 million. The acquisition will allow Bharti Airtel to increase its...

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