October 11th, 2021 6:59 PM 1 COMMENTS

TRAI, DoT Working to Optimise Spectrum Bands for 5G, Satellite Services

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) and the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) have been working together to optimise the spectrum bands that will be used for both 5G and satellite broadband services. Spectrum is a finite resource, and thus harmony between the satcom players and the telcos must be ensured. The airwaves in the ‘C’ and ‘Ka’ bands will be very important for delivering high-speed internet for both satellites... Read More

October 10th, 2021 6:21 PM 7 COMMENTS

Oppo Reno6 Pro 5G Review: Power With Beauty

The Oppo Reno6 Pro 5G launched a couple of months back in India. The device has been pegged against the likes of the OnePlus 9R, Mi 11X Pro 5G, and the iPhone 11 now. What’s interesting about this Oppo smartphone is that this is the first time I have felt like Oppo has tried to focus a lot on the user experience. Mind that I haven’t had a lot of... Read More

October 8th, 2021 1:49 PM 34 COMMENTS

Indians Will Consume Much More Data With 5G

Indians will consume much more data when the 5G networks come to the country. There are a lot of people who are still not on 4G networks, and that is not because of a singular reason, but multiple ones. As per an Opensignal report, countries that have live 5G networks have seen a rise in data consumption from the 5G users. According to the data shared by Opensignal, 5G users... Read More

October 8th, 2021 9:27 AM 6 COMMENTS

Reliance Jio 5G Strategy Will Not be Easy to Accomplish: Ookla

The time for the rollout of 5G networks in India is not that far anymore. The spectrum auctions can take place in a few months, and as per Airtel CTO Randeep Sekhon, the 5G networks can go live within two-quarters of the auction. The top telecom operator in India, Reliance Jio, is planning to go with Open Radio Access Network (O-RAN) route with its 5G networks. There are many benefits... Read More

October 7th, 2021 10:30 AM 7 COMMENTS

5G Needs Strong Tariffs Backing in India

5G networks are going to be the next revolution in the tech and telecom industry of India and around the world. Although the 5G tech hasn’t completely matured yet and is still in the phase where relevant use cases for India are being discovered/developed, there’s no doubt that it will change how people and machines communicate. But 5G requires a lot more backend support than 4G. The infrastructure needs to... Read More

October 6th, 2021 3:11 PM 8 COMMENTS

Bharti Airtel Gearing for mmWave 5G Trials

Bharti Airtel, India’s second-largest telecom operator, is gearing up for mmWave 5G trials. Randeep Sekhon, Chief Technology Officer (CTO), Bharti Airtel, said that mmWave bands would be included in the telco’s next round of 5G trials. For the unaware, the mmWave 5G bands will be able to deliver the fastest 5G speeds to the users. The sub-6 GHz bands are good for coverage, but they can’t offer the fastest speeds.... Read More

October 5th, 2021 2:21 PM 29 COMMENTS

Bharti Airtel Tests 5G in Rural India Ahead of Vi, Jio

Bharti Airtel has beaten its competitors Vodafone Idea (Vi) and Reliance Jio in testing 5G in rural India. The Chief Technology Officer of Bharti Airtel, Randeep Sekhon, said that Airtel partnered up with Ericsson to conduct rural India’s first 5G trial. Sekhon said that 5G will be a revolutionary technology and with use cases such as Fixed Wireless Access (FWA), the telco will be able to deliver last-mile coverage, helping... Read More

October 5th, 2021 6:57 AM 1 COMMENTS

Bharti Airtel, Vi 1.5GB Daily Data Plans Almost Similar

Vodafone Idea’s (Vi) tariffs are mostly similar to what Bharti Airtel is offering to its customers. This is also evident by looking at the 1.5GB daily data plans of the telcos. But there’s one thing, apart from the basic benefits offered by both the plans, you don’t get many similarities. Vodafone Idea’s prepaid plans come bundled with additional offers such as ‘Binge All Night’ and ‘Weekend Data Rollover’ which Bharti... Read More

October 5th, 2021 12:21 AM 0 COMMENTS

5G Network Rollout Expected Time Frame in India

5G networks in India will only roll out once the telcos have got everything they need. This includes the 5G spectrum along with the equipment from the vendors to upgrade their networks. The private operators have often said that their networks are 5G ready. All they need is the spectrum from the government and just have to complete their testing to ensure that their networks are ready to manage the... Read More

October 3rd, 2021 11:23 AM 0 COMMENTS

Open Technologies Will Power 5G: Rajesh Gangadhar, STL

Open RAN will foster innovation and reduce time to market of critical features and capabilities that are essential to 5G because of the larger set of vendors that will now be competing in the market, says Rajesh Gangadhar, CTO - Access Solutions, STL. Q1. What is the operator sentiment towards OpenRAN? Legacy telecom infrastructure has largely operated on tightly integrated, proprietary software and hardware. They pose challenges of constrained vendor choice,... Read More

October 2nd, 2021 4:18 PM 6 COMMENTS

What Do You Want from Your 5G Smartphone? Let’s Talk?

5G smartphones have been discussed very heavily in the past few months. This is because more and more of them are launching in the Indian market and most of them in the budget segment and mid-range segment are overpriced. This is because of the huge cost that the 5G chipsets carry. Now, most of the users believe that buying a 5G device is not right at the moment. This is... Read More

October 1st, 2021 12:27 AM 4 COMMENTS

Vodafone Idea Confident About 5G in India

Vodafone Idea (Vi) is confident about its future in India as well as 5G services. This is because of the reforms that the government recently announced. Because of the moratorium on dues announced, it has become possible for Vi to work on its networks for now and not get pressured because of the statutory dues in its books. As per a PTI report, the telco’s non-executive chairman, Himanshu Kapania, Vi,... Read More

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