India’s 5G spectrum auction is currently in progress, and telecom giants Reliance Jio, Bharti Airtel, Vodafone Idea (Vi), and newcomer Adani Data Networks are touted as the top bidders. According to a report, Jio’s latest 5G trial conducted at MG Road Metro Station in Bengaluru managed to achieve a 5G download speed of 1.2Gbps.
The trial utilised “street furniture” for small cells and aerial fiber deployment testing. Street furniture include objects such as electric poles, bus stands, traffic lights, etc. The telecom giant had previously trialled 5G in other regions such as New Delhi International Airport, Bhopal, and Kandla Port in Gujarat.
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Jio has been testing 5G small cells during TRAI’s pilot phase. Such tests aim to ensure that cross-sectoral infrastructure will be more accessible and 5G networks can be deployed quickly. Additionally, small cells are reported to improve existing 4G coverage. Using 5G small cells will also remove the need for thousands of new towers.
Meanwhile, Jio’s competitors are conduction their own 5G trials. Last week, Airtel successfully tested the first 5G private network in India at the Bosch Automotive Electronics India Pvt. Ltd. plant in Bangalore.