Government approved 5G spectrum test; No Chinese Tech for Testing

The Department of Telecommunications on Tuesday 4 May proceeded to telecom service providers (TSPs) for 5G technology and spectrum tests. Bharti Airtel, Reliance JioInfocomm, Vodafone Idea and MTNL will launch 5G trials to cover rural, semi-urban and urban areas in various locations across India.

The list of telecom gear manufacturers approved for testing includes indigenously developed technologies from Ericsson, Nokia, Samsung, C-Dot and Reliance Jio. This means that Chinese gear manufacturers will not be part of the 5G tests.

“The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has today allowed telecom service providers (TSPs) to test for use and applications of 5G technology. Applicant TSPs include Bharti Airtel Ltd, Reliance JioInfocomm Ltd, Vodafone Idea Ltd and MTNL, ” Telecom Deptt. Said in a statement.

Initially, Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea submitted a proposal to test using Huawei’s technology from China. Later, they submitted applications in which trailers would be made without technologies from Chinese vendors.

“TSP has tie-ups with original equipment manufacturers and technology providers that are Ericsson, Nokia, Samsung and C-Dot. In addition, Reliance GeoInfoCom Ltd is also testing using its indigenous technology,” DOT said.

The latest move also indicates that the government may prevent Chinese companies from moving out of 5G services in the country.

Telecom operators will be allowed to use their existing spectrum (800 MHz, 900 MHz, 1800 MHz and 2500 MHz) to conduct 5G tests.

The DoT stated, “The period of trials currently is for a period of 6 months. This includes a time period of 2 months for the purchase and installation of the equipment.”

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