India starts 5G trials. Chinese firms avoided. Only European firms Ericsson, Nokia and South Korean firm Samsung allowed

As India starts 5G trials using TSPs, one notable exclusion is China-based companies

As India starts 5G trials using TSPs, one notable exclusion is China-based companies
As India starts 5G trials using TSPs, one notable exclusion is China-based companies

India on Tuesday decided to start 5G trials, avoiding all Chinese firms. Department of Telecom has allowed major telecom operators (TSP) like Airtel, Reliance Jio, Vodafone Idea and MTNL to start 5G trials in different locations in rural, semi-urban and urban areas in collaboration with original equipment manufacturers and technology providers which are Ericsson, Nokia, Samsung and C-DOT. In addition, Reliance will also be conducting trials using its own indigenous technology. C-DOT (Centre for Development of Telematics) is a Government of India firm.

“The permissions have been given by DoT as per the priorities and technology partners identified by TSPs themselves. The experimental spectrum is being given in various bands which include the mid-band (3.2 GHz to 3.67 GHz), millimetre wave band (24.25 GHz to 28.5 GHz) and in Sub-Gigahertz band (700 GHz). TSPs will also be permitted to use their existing spectrum owned by them (800 MHz, 900 MHz, 1800 MHz and 2500 MHz) for the conduct of 5G trials,” said the Department of Telecom (DoT) adding that the duration of the trials, at present, is for a period of 6 months. This includes a time period of 2 months for procurement and setting up of the equipment.

DoT has specified that the trials will be isolated and not connected with the existing networks of TSPs. Trials will be on a non-commercial basis.

The permission letters specify that each TSP will have to conduct trials in rural and semi-urban settings also in addition to urban settings so that the benefit of 5G Technology proliferates across the country and is not confined only to urban areas. The TSPs are encouraged to conduct trials using 5Gi technology in addition to the already known 5G Technology. It will be recalled that International Telecommunications Union (ITU) has also approved the 5Gi technology, which was advocated by India, as it facilitates a much larger reach of the 5G towers and Radio networks. The 5Gi technology has been developed by IIT Madras, Centre of Excellence in Wireless Technology (CEWiT) and IIT Hyderabad.

“The objectives of conducting 5G trials include testing 5G spectrum propagation characteristics especially in the Indian context; model tuning and evaluation of chosen equipment and vendors; testing of indigenous technology; testing of applications (such as telemedicine, tele-education, augmented/ virtual reality, drone-based agricultural monitoring, etc.); and to test 5G phones and devices.

“5G technology is expected to deliver improved user experience in terms of data download rates (expected to be 10 times that of 4G), up to three times greater spectrum efficiency, and ultra-low latency to enable Industry 4.0. Applications are across a wide range of sectors such as agriculture, education, health, transport, traffic management, smart cities, smart homes, and multiple applications of IoT (Internet of Things),” said DoT.

DoT has specified that the trials will be isolated and not connected with the existing networks of TSPs. Trials will be on a non-commercial basis. The data generated during the trials shall be stored in India. TSPs are also expected to facilitate the testing of the indigenously developed use cases and equipment as part of the trials. One hundred applications/ use cases selected by DoT after conducting the recent Hackathon on 5G applications can also be facilitated in these trials.

For the past two years, Chinese firms like Huawei and ZTE were lobbying in India for participation in the 5G trials. But after the tussle with China in the borders, the Government of India decided to avoid firms. Worldwide, many nations have avoided Chinese firms suspecting the presence of inbuilt Spywares in their equipment.

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  1. From what I can see India has been on a Modi G technology since 2014.

    A technology which has been a total failure

    • Narasimha your sarcasm is good one. Yes Modi G cutting edge tech is an improvement over Dr.Maun Mohan Singh G with his associate Kapil Sibal ZERO LOSS theory, Chidambaram G having accounts in 26 countries along with worthy Son Karthik G, further ma’am Sonia G having four lakh crores in foreign vaults and Rahul G an ace inventor of feeding potatoes upfront fuzzy logic machine (during Rajasthan elections voters trusted him and elected his party to govern!!) yielding Gold lumps/biscuits from another end!

      Modi G 2014 technology improved our economy and the GDP from Rs.39 lakh crores NPAs under UPA ten year regime to Rs.54 lakh crores NPAs under seven years golden period of NaMo! It was reported that we have now Rs.100 lakh crores debt accumulated since independence! Good going under majboot sarkar!! Hope Jio shall get an investment at Platinum and Titanium Levels all of a sudden a la 40K Crores during Covid 2020!

      We shall train ourselves to do research on how China investment virus enters through other 5G service providers as mentioned in the article!

      In a nutshell Ericsson, Nokia and Samsung are good!

  2. What matters in India is elections !!
    Modi govt has lost direction of governance
    Modi govt is busy in appeasing minorities.

  3. No signals within the city & under the mobile tower – 4G technology
    NO signals in Tirupati Balaji temple are – 4G technology
    Do not know how the army / air missiles will work when there are no wifi signals
    Govt websites are always down & dead
    None of the Govt helplines work (state or center)
    Cannot update AADHAR & mobile linkage – need to take 2-3 days leave to do that activity
    Landline phones are dead & not working
    Modi govt is busy with elections & elections Running the country is not priority
    Bureaucracy tamed Modi govt to kneel infront of them
    Modi is a failure & no different than Pappu govt.

    • Sreeram, working from home I am also facing sudden call drops, internet slows down– imagine our fate doing Net Banking transactions! on the Hillock tops and Ground Minus 1/2/3 levels parking lots call drops are usual !

      State/Central websites are hacked or not updated! few are good in my area of working and certain websites still have wrong landline numbers and funnily Fax numbers too!! State and Central Govt Customer care /helpline numbers are not answered! In our country “after sales no service” is the motto/norm!

      This “linkages” on every aspect of the admin is good but too taxing with penalties and network does not support. We have to spend few days to update our own changed address details and even Election Commission updation does not happen while how come anti-nationals voted enmasse Didi back to power defeating Lotus party. In Tirupati bye election to LS seat transporting voters from neighboring districts were ignored !

      True Modi Ji loves elections and winning elections too! Books on Good Governance are available in libraries only and certainly not available on MLAs/MPs offices! Library walls, windows and doors read such books!

      True UPA era bureaucrats and Modi’s own chums are running the Govt and now we are witnessing avoidable chaos on China Covid virus infra. Policy and Admin paralysis which Modi ji termed in 2013-14! Modi Ji is kicking on BJPs own supporter such as lower and middle class butts. It is possible that he intends to do social engineering with downtrodden vote banks. We are not required anymore!

      One should not be surprised if Amit Shah ji is replaced by Ajit Doval as HM at a future date! RSS-men swallowed too many Moti-churr laddoos and are in deep slumber! Where are Bajarang Dal and RSS in WB violence post elections? Shah is not calling the shots for over a week now.

      True Pappu and his mother “used” a dozen intellects to run the Government only to loot from behind!

      Modi Ji is still shining in certain areas because of Nitin Gadkari’s performance for nearly 66 months (and now he is being tamed for over a year now) and Piyush Goel’s Power sector reforms!

  4. Wtf ? India needs to start building capacity.

    Enough Bollywood watching.

    India needs to MAKE things that matter.

    Stop this relying on foreigners nonsense.


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