All of the country’s major telcos are preparing for 5G and have been performing various trials in preparation for the government’s spectrum auction. Vi India is the most recent company to reveal its 5G setup. According to the company, Vodafone Idea (Vi) and Ericsson attained a peak download speed of 5.92Gb/s during the current 5G trials.
Vodafone Idea broke the record with a single test device while performing its own 5G trials in Pune, Maharashtra. According to the company, these experiments were conducted utilising Ericsson Massive MIMO radios, Ericsson cloud-native dual-mode 5G core for Standalone architecture, and NR-DC (New Radio-Dual Connectivity) software on both mid-band and high-band (mmWave) 5G trial spectrum.
Commenting on this record setting achievement, Jagbir Singh, Chief Technology Officer, Vi said, “The trial demonstrates how Vi is constantly testing and preparing its network for new 5G based applications that will rely on the low latency, reliability and high speeds of 5G. Given the growing consumer demand for immersive media and video streaming services, the 5G speeds that we have demonstrated will help us prepare for the mobile broadband speeds and greater network capacity requirements of customers, as we ready for ‘5G for a Better Tomorrow’ in India.”
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Vi has already demonstrated speeds of over 4Gbps at its 5G testing and use cases display in Pune. Because of its 5G Standalone NR-DC software, Vi India thinks that after 5G is deployed on its commercial network, it will be able to deliver latency-sensitive and high-performance applications such as AR/VR and 8K video streaming.
As per the Ericsson Mobility Report for November 2021, 5G will account for 39 percent of all mobile users in India by 2027. Moreover, 5G will be the most popular mobile access technology in terms of subscriptions by that time. By 2030, 5G is predicted to account for almost half of all mobile subscriptions globally, while reaching 75 percent of the world’s population and handling 62 percent of all smartphone traffic.