“BSNL has tied up with C-DoT and Bharti Airtel, Vodafone Idea and Reliance Jio have tied up with other vendors including Ericsson and Nokia for trials in different regions across the country,” the official told ET.
“Telcos will soon be given airwaves in the 700 Mhz band to use for trial purposes with some conditions attached,” the official added.
Some of the conditions include testing use cases in rural as well as urban areas and paying special attention to security of the network, the official said. Telcos will also be warned to use the airwaves given strictly for trials and not for commercial deployment, a clause if breached will be met with serious consequences, the official said.
ET had reported last year that the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) last year had asked telcos to file a set of “priority vendors” for 5G trials. Jio had named Korea’s Samsung, Finland’s Nokia and Sweden’s Ericsson besides applying to trial its own technology. Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea had opted for Nokia and Ericsson. Vodafone Idea had also applied to conduct trials with US-based Mavenir.
Mavenir is an OpenRAN technology provider and is engaged in 4G trials based on this technology with the telco in several circles in India.
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