Bharti Airtel begins 5G infrastructure deployment in India

Bharti Airtel has announced that it has signed 5G network agreements with Ericsson, Nokia, and Samsung to commence deployment of 5G network infrastructure in August 2022. These partner organisations will help Airtel roll out its 5th generation wireless network.

This follows after the recently-concluded 5G spectrum auctions conducted by the Department of Telecom in India, where Airtel bid for and acquired 19867.8 MHZ spectrum in 900 MHz, 1800 MHz, 2100 MHz, 3300 MHz, and 26 GHz frequency. The company will be rolling out service on these frequencies.

Bharti Airtel begins 5G infrastructure deployment in India

While Airtel has a history with Ericsson and Nokia in network deployment, this is the first time that they will be working together with Samsung.

Bharti Airtel has already earlier on demonstrated India’s first 5G experience over a live 4G network in Hyderabad, as well as India’s first rural 5G trial and the country’s first cloud gaming experience on 5G. The company has not provided any information on the expected completion date for 5G deployment.

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