Oct 5 (PTI) Telecom operator Bharti Airtel and equipment maker Ericsson on Tuesday said they have tested India’s first 5G network in rural areas. The trial was conducted in Bhaipur Brahmin village on the outskirts of Delhi-NCR using the 5G trial spectrum allotted to Airtel by the Department of Telecommunications.
This trial demonstrates that 5G can be a great help in bridging the digital divide by enabling access to high-speed broadband through solutions such as advanced mobile broadband (EMBB) and fixed wireless access (FWA) services.
“5G will be a transformative technology in delivering last-mile broadband coverage through services like FWA and contributing to a more inclusive digital economy,” Airtel Chief Technology Officer (CTO) Randeep Singh Sekhon said at a digital event. ‘
Ericsson Southeast Asia, Oceania, and India head Nunzio Mirtillo said 5G will act as a “socio-economic multiplier” for the country. He said that according to an Ericsson study, an average 10 percent increase in mobile broadband adoption leads to a 0.8 percent increase in GDP.