Vodafone Idea (Vi) has just announced that it was able to achieve a maximum download speed of 3.7 Gbps with the mmWave spectrum. For the unaware, Vi has been testing 5G networks in two parts of India, Gandhinagar, Gujarat and Pune, Maharashtra. The telco has now shared the 5G trial results of Gandhinagar, Pune, and said that it has been able to achieve a download speed of 3.7 Gbps.
Vi got a maximum download speed of 1.5 Gbps on its 5G network operating in the 3.5 GHz band which is impressive.
In Pune city, Vi has deployed its 5G trial in a lab setup of end-to-end captive network of Cloud Core, new generation Transport and Radio Access Network. In this trial, Vi has achieved peak speed in excess of 3.7 Gbps with very low latency on the mmWave spectrum band. These speeds were achieved with state-of-the-art equipment in 5G Non-Standalone network architecture and using NR Radios.
Vi has been allocated mmWave high bands like 26 GHz by the DoT, along with the traditional 3.5 GHz spectrum band, for 5G network trials. mmWave delivers wide spectrum and capacity over the shortest distances for 5G, delivering lower latencies.
Vodafone Idea 5G Download Speed
Vi has also achieved peak download speeds of up to 1.5 Gbps in 3.5 Ghz band 5G trial network, with its OEM partners in Gandhinagar and Pune city.
Jagbir Singh, CTO, Vodafone Idea Limited, said, “We are pleased with the speed and latency results in the initial stages of the 5G trials on the Govt allocated 5G spectrum bands. Having established a robust 4G network pan-India, delivering the fastest 4G speeds and a 5G-ready network, we are now testing the NextGen 5G technology to be able to bring a truly digital experience for enterprises and consumers in India, in the future.”
High speed and low latency characteristics of the 5G network have many capabilities such as improved surveillance and video streaming/broadcast; AR/VR for enhanced online gaming experience; and will enable the evolution of the 5G smart factory. Industry 4.0 and 5G smart city will help accelerate 5G deployment and usher in a promising new era of technology advancement in the country.
Airtel Demonstrates 5G Speeds
Bharti Airtel is also conducting the trial in the 3500 MHz band using 5G gear from Nokia as per DoT guidelines. The trials have delivered speeds of over 1 Gbps with ultra-low latency.