India has taken an initiative to provide 5G technology. The 5th Generation wireless system abbreviated as 5G ecosystem could be possible due to Chinese technology Huawei and Bharti Airtel, telecom service provider. Hauwaie and Airtel recently announced that they have conducted India’s first 5G network trial successfully. According to the company’s statement, this test took place at Airtel’s Network Experience Centre in Manesar, Gurgaon.
About 5G Network Trial Setup
This test was conducted at Airtel’s State-of the-art Network Experience Centre in Menasar Gurgaon. This setup comprised 5G RAN operating on 3.5GHz band, 5G core and 50GE Network Slicing router.
In this trial, a user throughput of more than 3 Gbps was achieved using the setup. This was recorded as the highest measured throughput for a mobile network in 3.5 GHz band. This band includes 100MHz bandwith and end-to-end network latency of 1 msec around. 5G network is capable to provide 100 faster data speed than current 4G network.
This setup for 5g network demonstrates high spectral competence and potential for diversified services like Internet of Things (IoT) and Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality (AR/VR). The newly implemented 5G technology is well capable to deliver AR/VR to serve the entire virtual world.
Abhay Savargaonkar, Director-Networks, Airtel said about 5g network trial-
“This is small but very significant step in our journey towards 5G. The promise of 5G is endless, it will be a game changer and, it will change the way we live, work and engage. We are moving quickly to begin collaboration towards 5G technology and development testing based on the 3GPP R15 standards. We look forwards to work closely with our partners for developing a robust 5G ecosystem in India.”
Emmanuel Coelho Alves, Director, Wireless Marketing, Huawei said,
“We shall also continue to work with vertical industry players to develop wider ecosystem use cases beyond enhanced mobile broadband.”
It is estimated that India will be rolling out 5G network for the users by 2020. The government of India organized a high level forum in September, 2017 to discuss various evaluations and approval for roadmaps & action plans to implement 5G technology in the country.
Earlier, Reliance Jio Infocomm entered into the telecomm industry and started ruling over the entire market like a king. The entry of Reliance Jio triggered a cut-throat competition in telecom industry. Other telecom companies started operating under loses to secure their existence in the market. And due to higher competition, telecom industry is still reeling under debt of more than Rs 7 lakh crore. The government had to be slow on working for 5G spectrum auction due to the entry of Reliance Jio. But now, Airtel is completely prepared to launch this new technology to the country for the first time.
5G Technology and VR/AR-
Why 5G technology is important to Virtual reality (VR) & Augmented Reality (AR)?
5G technology is such way which will boost mobile data performance and stability. VR & AR will be the biggest aspect of improvement. To understand the importance of 5G network in VR & AR you need to be very clear about both the terms, AR and VR.
What is VR?
VR, Augmented Reality allows people to get into completely immersive computer-stimulated worlds through constructed headsets.
What is AR?
AR stands for Augmented Reality. This technology is closely related to VR. Augmented Reality doesn’t create fully digital reality closed off from the physical world, it layers digital elements over the top.
VR and AR contain the complex worlds and sophisticated input mechanism which requires a huge collection of data to be processed. So, if we talk about local applications, there would be no issues. But on the other hand, it may create strain on a network while feeding the data remotely. It’s principally as a result if the user is on the shift or away from an unchanging internet connection.
5G technology is specifically for its faster speed and lower latency. According to the research, 5G network will bring 10 times better improvement along with 10 times decrease in latency. It will help to bring 100 times more traffic and 100 times enhancement in network efficiency.
What does Government of India say about 5G Network?
Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley mentioned in Budget, 2018 that the Government has planned to invest Rs 10,000 crore in telecom industry to assist them in the implementation of 5G technology in the country.