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India’s first rural 5G trial begins at Gujarat’s Ajol

The country’s first 5G technology trials for rural broadband began on Thursday at Ajol village, with a base transceiver station (BTS) installed 17km away at Unava town in Gandhinagar district.

“A team of senior officials of the Department of Telecommunications (DoT), Gujarat LSA along with the technical team of Vodafone Idea Limited (VIL) and Nokia, visited yesterday the #5G testing sites in the rural area of Gandhinagar,” said the Ministry of Communications (MoC) in an official tweet.

Senior DoT officials said that among the technologies being tested are 360 degrees virtual reality content playback, a virtual-reality connected classroom, where student feels they are being attended to personally by their teacher and can interact one-on-one with their teacher via voice chat or exercises. Another area that is being tested is 5G immersive gaming and artificial intelligence assisted 360 degrees cameras with real-time video streams. Another potential use of 5G technology that the DoT plans to test is where end users can get a 360 degree experience, where the user can also identify objects and people in a given environment.

“Peak data download speed of over 105 Mbps was observed at Ajol village which is 17.1 KM away from the Unava town with 5G BTS. It is first of its kind 5G innovative solution to be tested in India for rural broadband coverage,” added MoC. CT Bureau

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