Ericsson Demonstrates First 5G Technology in India; Bharti Airtel Inks a Deal With Ericsson for the 5G Evolution

Telecom gear maker Ericsson on Friday announced its partnership with Bharti Airtel for 5G technology deployment in India. As per the partnership, Ericsson will work with Bharti Airtel for creating a strategic roadmap for the evolution of Indian network infrastructure to the 5G technology.

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“We have MoUs (agreements) with 36 operators globally. In India, we have recently tied up with Bharti Airtel for 5G technology,” said Nunzio Mirtillo, Senior Vice President and Head of Market Area South East Asia, Oceania and India to reporters in New Delhi as per a report by Press Trust of India. However, Mirtillo did not reveal any financial details of the partnership.

“As part of the partnership with Airtel, Ericsson will work with Bharti Airtel on creating a strategic roadmap for the evolution of the network to the next-gen 5G technology,” Mirtillo added. He also said that Ericsson is committed towards Indian smartphone market in bringing new technologies.

Ericsson is already working with Bharti Airtel in the 4G technology department, and the leading telecom operator seeking the help of the leading telecom gear maker for bringing the 5G evolution to India.

At the same time of announcing the deal with Bharti Airtel, Ericsson showcased the first live 5G end-to-end demonstration using the 5G test bed and 5G NR Radio. As per Ericsson, the presentation has an “extremely high throughput and ultra-low latency”. The demonstration was conducted at the Ericsson Connect 2017 event in New Delhi.

“The 5G technology showcase has been organised in the direction of creating a robust 5G ecosystem in the country even though 5G network are rolled out by 2020,” he added.

Furthermore, the Swedish telecom gear maker is expecting that 5G technology will enable a $27.3 billion revenue for Indian telecom operators by 2026. This was reported by Ericsson 5G Business Potential Report released recently.

“5G is expected to play a major role in digitalization of industries. 5G will bring a new level of performance and characteristics to the telecom networks enabling new services and creating new ecosystems. New revenue streams will open for operators as they go beyond being Connectivity and Infrastructure providers to become service enablers and service creators,” said Nitin Bansal, managing director, Ericsson India.

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November 19, 2017 10:28 pm 10:28 PM

I challenge : 5G speed (in India) to a end customer after commercial launch will not cross 30 Mbps download and 20 Mbps upload.

Kirti Khurana
November 20, 2017 11:24 am 11:24 AM

This is the future proof Jio lte+ speed
DUANE WHERE IS YOUR sikandrabad? this is a metropolitan city Ask your new dad dy Jio to improve QoS.

November 21, 2017 3:22 pm 3:22 PM


November 20, 2017 8:14 pm 8:14 PM

Jio using barely 5+5MHz you won’t get better speed with that in a crowded city.
Jio should need to buy more spectrum in B5 & B3 5Mhz won’t help

Rhishav (Kolkata)
November 20, 2017 12:39 pm 12:39 PM

4G+ network pe ye haal Jio ka. Data speeds sachme sabse worst hai. Sirf Jio to Jio voice achha hai.

Kirti Khurana
November 20, 2017 1:35 pm 1:35 PM

Without 4G+ Jio 4G gives 0.30-0.60 mbps in whole Delhi except a few rare sites.

Kiran Fernandes | Mumbai
November 20, 2017 4:16 am 4:16 AM

Cool. Now take a screenshot of your comment, and save it till 2022. By that time, Jio will have completed 100% 5g rollout. I wonder if you can wait that long. xD

November 20, 2017 11:51 am 11:51 AM

Sapne dekhna band karo bhai…

November 21, 2017 4:11 am 4:11 AM


November 19, 2017 10:25 pm 10:25 PM
I have used SIMs of all the operators in Tamilnadu via Huawei E8372h-607, E8372h-927 and also in my smartphone. Here are my findings (download speed) : > Airtel 2G : 20 to 35 KB / s ; 3G : 8 Mbps (1 MB / s) ; 4G : 9.6 Mbps (1.2 MB / s) > Aircel 2G : 15 to 25 KB / s ; 3G : upto 4 Mbps > BSNL 2G : 10 to 20 KB / s ; 3G off peak time : 5 to 7 Mbps ; peak time : upto 3 Mbps > Vodafone :… Read more »
Kirti Khurana
November 19, 2017 12:21 am 12:21 AM

why do much hype for mimo momo 5g 4g 3g 2g all were same in speed in India.
even if 5G succeed with constant 10-20 mbps speed at any time who would used it with limited mobile data & increasing price?

Kiran Fernandes | Mumbai
November 19, 2017 2:15 pm 2:15 PM

Here’s what you need to know. MIMO means multiple input, multiple output. In other words, it means increasing the capacity of the network by doubling the number of antennae. Each antenna is connected via a fiber cable, so Massive MIMO is, using a massive number of antennae to provide 4g. Airtel has decided to use 4×4 MIMO. Whereas Jio will be implementing 64×64(64 transmitting and 64 receiving antennae) sometime in 2018.

November 19, 2017 4:15 pm 4:15 PM

64×64? I’ll go nuts if they even start 8×8 MIMO till 2020. The main problem is not the hardware, it’s the backhaul imho.

75mbps on 10mhz 2×2 MIMO
150mbps on 10mhz 4×4
And 300mbps on 8×8 or 600 on 20mhz without even CA.

Kiran Fernandes | Mumbai
November 19, 2017 7:07 pm 7:07 PM

Search YouTube for Massive MIMO 64×64, you’ll get some results. I read that they achieved 700Mbps on 64×64 MIMO and China Telecom achieved over a gigabit. I don’t know how, but it’s gonna work, and jio needs this in congested cities in india where the demand is more. Jio can give unlimited data at 999 a month and their network won’t slow down to 2g speeds like now.

Kirti Khurana
November 19, 2017 4:06 pm 4:06 PM
These are the tactics of telecom gear companies who comes up with new inventions now & then just to fool telecom operators & fill their bellies with cash. Even if you install mimo at sender’s & receives end The data still needs to go through the choke points lies in the radio waves. it won’t increase the spectrum capacity remains same like EM waves in band 3 will still travel at 1800 cycles per second. . MIMO can only solve the choking at bts BUT in India real problems lies on the spectrum end of all the operators who are… Read more »
Kiran Fernandes | Mumbai
November 19, 2017 7:15 pm 7:15 PM

You should YouTube massive MIMO 64×64. It actually works, it may not look like it could work theoretically, but practically, it works, and China Telecom was able to achieve approx 1Gbps on just 20MHz bandwidth on the 2300MHz band using 64×64 MIMO.
Here check this. Huawei achieved 1Gbps with the help of ZTE using massive MIMO. goo(dot)gl/A7LhP2

Kirti Khurana
November 20, 2017 1:38 pm 1:38 PM

don’t show that YouTube video posted by ZTE.. testing & real world speeds differs by 100%

Sunny | Lucknow
November 19, 2017 6:17 pm 6:17 PM
No you’re not right about the radio waves being choke points. Various bands are not a single frequency but a range of frequencies. Band 40 for example includes frequencies from 2300 to 2400 MHz. Channel width makes a difference but having more clients connected doesn’t mean that the width will be consumed or exhausted. Those clients have to connect to a hardware which handles various frequencies. When all the slots are taken up, there’s no room for other clients. MIMO just increases this “room” so that more clients get connected using the same frequencies. Only backhaul capacity will have to… Read more »
November 19, 2017 8:50 pm 8:50 PM

That’s correct analogy.

November 19, 2017 6:46 am 6:46 AM

Quito obvious you are (blissfully) about the technology and the difference between SU-MIMO and MU-MIMO.
Google and educate yourself before airing your ignorance publicly.

>>> mimo momo 5g 4g 3g 2g all were same in speed in India.

Kirti Khurana
November 19, 2017 3:53 pm 3:53 PM

oh thankyou i was totally noob about mimo before… you opened my eyes.