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Jio kicks off 5G trials in Mumbai

Reliance Jio has kicked off with its 5G test trials in Mumbai. This comes after Airtel, conducted 5G network trials in Gurgaon.

Jio is using both mid and mmWave bands for 5G trials in Mumbai. The Ambani-led telco has developed its own 5G gear to conduct trails. It is also reportedly engaging with other 5G gear vendors like Ericsson, Nokia, Samsung, to begin 5G trials in other cities. Jio had previously applied for trials in Delhi, Mumbai, Gujarat and Hyderabad.

As opposed to rivals, our 5G trial is much bigger in terms of sites deployed in Mumbai. The indigenous 5G equipment used for the trials is developed in India with the help of local partners. Reliance is working with other equipment makers as well to standardise 5G device configurations.

The company, last year, announced that it achieved speeds of 1Gbps on Jio’s 5G solution with the help of its partner Qualcomm’s platform. Both, Airtel and Jio have previously stated that their networks are 5G ready and awaiting adequate spectrum from the DoT.

The DoT has asked telcos to conduct 5G trials in rural areas along with urban centres. Further, the trials will also include testing for 5G applications, like telemedicine, tele-education and drone-based agriculture monitoring. 5G devices, which includes smartphones, will also be included in the tests. Mysmartprice

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