Airtel 3.0 Announced: Connected Home, Connected Car and Several 5G Use Cases Demonstrated

Bharti Airtel, at the ongoing India Mobile Congress (IMC) 2018 has showcased a wide range of upcoming digital technologies and futuristic products based on 5G and Internet of Things platforms. Airtel stated that the showcase is part of the company’s Airtel 3.0 vision under which it’s aiming to build networks and services that enrich the lives of customers by enabling advanced digital experiences. At the IMC, Airtel displayed 5G network experience (speed and latency comparison with 4G) and several use cases for homes and enterprises. These use cases demonstrate the key benefits of 5G networks – massive capacity, ultra-low latency and the ability to serve a very large number of concurrent users.


At the IMC, Airtel demonstrated use cases such as Connected Home, Connected Car, virtual reality-based 360-degree content and so on. Furthermore, Airtel 3.0 also makes sure that the company offers its best for Digital India. Already, Airtel has set up Airtel X Labs in Bengaluru to work on various new technologies such as AI, IoT, AR and VR. Read on to know more about what’s Airtel planning with Airtel 3.0.

Airtel Connected Home

By leveraging advanced Home IoT (Internet of Things) technologies, at the IMC, Airtel has showcased a life-size replica of a modern connected home with intelligent devices and appliances. The Airtel Connected Home is powered by a ‘1Gbps V-Fiber’ link to enable a seamless digital experience. For the unaware, V-Fiber is Airtel’s wired broadband service and the telco is currently providing 300 Mbps broadband plan to its customers.

The connected home also showcased Airtel’s upcoming Android DTH STB, which brings the world of digital content to the home and will act as the home IoT gateway- similar to how Jio GigaFiber works. The craze for content in India is increasing with every passing day and Airtel wants to take advantage of the same. Airtel demonstrated its in-house developed multi-screen video platform for seamless content play across devices.

Airtel Connected Car

The Airtel Connected Car use case demonstrates how IoT can empower drivers through auto telemetry, which will capture and push data related to key parameters of the car and its functioning in real time.

Augmented Reality Based Holographic Communication on 5G

In yet another India first, Airtel in partnership with Huawei demonstrated AR based Holographic Communication for 5G. Using the Holographic Communication, users feel fully immersed when communicating with a live hologram. AR technology is especially relevant in the Indian context presenting immense possibilities in use cases of AR assisted Learning & Training, Gaming, Live Events and Entertainment.

Virtual Reality Based 360-degree Content

In partnership with Nokia, Airtel demonstrated Virtual Reality based 360-degree content like undersea experience that can be streamed in a 5G live environment. In addition to this, Airtel and Huawei demonstrated another Virtual Reality with virtual iPad, where users can play common games like “candy crush saga” on “virtual screen” using Oculus.

Next-gen BVLOS Autonomous Drones

Airtel in partnership with Ericsson showcased Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) autonomous drones for “next generation e-delivery” services over 5G networks. Under this use case, Airtel demonstrated how autonomous drones, which are akin to self-driving cars in the sky, can be leveraged for mission-critical applications such as disaster response & monitoring, emergency delivery services and remote surveillance of critical infrastructure by leveraging the high bandwidth and the ultra-low latency of 5G networks. These self-driving drones will be able to reach locations quickly and accurately without the assistance of remote based piloting.

Airtel for Digital India

Under Airtel 3.0, Airtel is also working towards the Digital India programme. It’s already known that Airtel has set up Airtel X Labs in Bengaluru with the aim of driving innovation in the areas of AI, IoT, AR and VR and is building a world-class team for the facility. Airtel aims to build use cases for India and the world out of this facility.

Furthermore, Airtel Business, the B2B unit of Airtel, has started rolling out innovative integrated digital solutions for enterprises, from large corporates to startups. From secure connectivity to the cloud, data centre services, enterprise IoT and more Airtel Business is enabling digital transformation across corporate India.

Additionally, Airtel Payments Bank is contributing to financial inclusion and banking for all vision by taking digital financial services to every corner of the country.

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Ratheesh S
October 26, 2018 8:48 am 8:48 AM

Telecom providers should focus on addressing 4G connectivity issues first before jumping into the 5G bandwagon. Indoor coverage in urban areas is very poor. They need to get VoWiFi working soon to offset this issue to some extent.

Sayak Roy - Kolkata
October 25, 2018 6:41 pm 6:41 PM

Good. Now we can expect healthy competition between Airtel and Jio at least. Although, it still remains to see what Vodafone-Idea have gotten up their sleeve.

Nikhil Mumbai-Pune
October 25, 2018 8:12 pm 8:12 PM

Vodafone-Idea will do,but a bit late.

Kaushik IMA
October 27, 2018 1:10 am 1:10 AM

“Before we move in to 5G area, a lot needs to be done in leveraging current technology and investment, to the fullest,”

This was said by VIL. I do know they have conducted tests with some Chinese vendors for 5G. But I think in typical fashion Airtel will start 5G first (very badly), followed by Jio and then finally VOID.

knowing Airtel 4G and the back-end bugs, 5G on Airtel will be a real circus. TT readers, wait and watch.

VIL will probably lag by a year on 5G.

Nikhil Mumbai-Pune
October 27, 2018 2:36 pm 2:36 PM

I don’t mind 5G being launched in India at 2022/2023. But before that 2G and 3G should be switched off completely.

Nikhil Mumbai-Pune
October 27, 2018 2:09 pm 2:09 PM

Jio needs to increase tariffs soon before 5G comes. Enough of Rock bottom tariffs.

Chetan | Bengaluru
October 25, 2018 8:37 pm 8:37 PM

Vodafone Idea Ltd(Mr. Birla) has only said to focus on merger, integration of network and harmonisation of both spectrum to enhance 4G and Volte today. They have categorically stayed away from speaking about 5G and no use case or demonstration on 5G has taken place today at event. Only Jio and Airtel are actively talking about 5G. 4G spectrum bill is huge for them that they cannot participate in any 4G spectrum moving forward forget about 5G…

AU(Airtel User)
October 25, 2018 11:32 pm 11:32 PM

+1 Chetan

vodaidea have cant afford expensive 5G network deployment.

Jio Airtel can start 5G as when required. Airtel had done 5G test in labs with huawei earlier this year. Jio airtel are future + bsnl.

Nikhil Mumbai-Pune
October 25, 2018 10:54 pm 10:54 PM

There is no need of 2G and 3G now. I hope Airtel understands this as soon as possible. This is era of data and not voice. They should start providing combo plans itself. People will take it as data only sim in dual 4G phones these days. Airtel should utilize this opportunity but I doubt they will do that. Just like you have stopped doing Airtel out of frustration everyone is going to do same if they don’t shut down 3G and 2G in next two years. Its high time for Airtel.

Kiran Fernandes | Goa
October 26, 2018 9:48 pm 9:48 PM
“There is no need of 2g and 3g now”. Nikhil Bruv, I’ve been trying to tell you that since the past year or two. 2G and 3G are obselete and we’ve gotta move to future technologies. 5G is the future and it’s gonna help us a lot. Even Artificial Intelligence. Please don’t watch Terminator series after seeing this comment xD Anyway, good thing that TRAI said that iuc will be cut completely by 2020. Airtel, Vodafone Idea, BSNL will have to stick to their 4G only network and forsake 2g and 3g for good. They’ll need to do that before… Read more »
Nikhil Mumbai-Pune
October 27, 2018 3:18 pm 3:18 PM

2G needs to be there till AVOID VoLTE works super fine. I think BSNL will also shut down 3G on 2100Mhz and club it with the spectrum they are getting from government for 4G. Let’s see what happens. I don’t see 2G shutting down before two years from now onwards. 3G must be shut down by mid 2019 no latter what happens.Airtel band 1 spectrum lying idle at most of the sites.

October 26, 2018 12:30 pm 12:30 PM

Nope, you cannot shutdown 2G abruptly, Google yourself to know the reason. but yes, 3G has no significance in today world.

Nikhil Mumbai-Pune
October 26, 2018 11:45 pm 11:45 PM

Yes you are right but at least 3G should not be there by June 2019. Enough is enough. Spectrum is lying unused with respect to Airtel. Both band 1 and band 40. They have deployed half of it only at most of the sites. 2G should be vanished by 2021(at the most by 2022).

Nikhil Mumbai-Pune
October 25, 2018 10:47 pm 10:47 PM
I expected this from you. Yes they need to first fine tune their earning and spending till 2020. Which they will in my honest opinion as there is less competition. Jio is in worst position to compete. Jio is just there due to price advantage right now(I am talking about my experience). Most of the users in Mumbai/Pine are having worst experience on Jio,best experience on Airtel and decent to usable experience on Idea-Vodafone(in terms of data). For voice quality Jio is still top notch. With Dual 4G phones selling like hotcakes Jio is heading towards 350 million mark. I… Read more »
October 26, 2018 12:05 pm 12:05 PM
Your answer is in your question itself. Airtel has spare 4G capacity on existing deployment. Why would they spend more capital before they hit a good utilisation on existing capacity? The 5G talk is for lab and field tests, future usage scenarios. The big investment in hard cash in 2-3 years is in 4G networks and moving 2G/3G customers off legacy phones and networks. Jio showed the way with Jiophone. I agree Jio data capacity is choked in most big cities. They should implement better bandwidth shaping by throttling high users so that everyone has a good data experience. Jio’s… Read more »
Kaushik IMA
October 27, 2018 1:13 am 1:13 AM

Nikhil bro

Just go to any shop between Heera Panna and bhulabhai Desai road in Mumbai.

Observe Airtel voice and data experience. Underwhelming is a complement.

Nikhil Mumbai-Pune
October 27, 2018 2:34 pm 2:34 PM

In most of the malls I have visited in Mumbai,Airtel has been horrible in experience.

Nikhil Mumbai-Pune
October 27, 2018 2:33 pm 2:33 PM
Indoor coverage will be problem for Airtel as they are shifting band 8 to LTE and shifting 2G on band 3.Their will be problems in all these cases. But speeds on Airtel 4G are great in Mumbai Maharashtra Gujarat and Goa. Though they have not deployed full 30Mhz everywhere. Not even 10Mhz in outskirts of Mumbai towards Virar and Manor and Nerul and Uran. Even after Vodafone postpaid customers shifting to Airtel postpaid Airtel speeds are fantastic throughout Mumbai. Maybe less users on Airtel. I am happy with the speeds on Airtel 4G but not happy with the Airtel Voice… Read more »
Nikhil Mumbai-Pune
October 26, 2018 2:02 pm 2:02 PM

In terms of Airtel,more bandwidth is better,right? If they able to deploy whole 30Mhz of band 40 PAN India they will be able to shut down 2G and 3G systematically.

Chetan | Bangalore
October 26, 2018 1:55 pm 1:55 PM
@dgupta. Yours and mine thought are sacrosanct… I have been telling this for long time even before merger. There is no shortcut to investment required to bring back the network to its shape. Now amid jio not relenting to increase tariff, who will fund the expansion and there is no way you can exhaust the liquidity. You cannot bring the equity from outside as all global players have burnt their hands in India, promoters are unwilling to invest if tariffs do not pick up . So what companies like vil will do is to do patch work like do tinkering… Read more »