Airtel gearing up for 5G trials using mmWave band, says CTO Randeep Sekhon
“Our next round of trials should be on the millimetre wave,” Sekhon said, adding that they are awaiting equipment from vendor partners. ETTelecom Updated: October 06, 2021, 16:55 IST Bharti Airtel is preparing to conduct 5G trials using the millimeter band, Randeep Sekhon, Chief Technology Officer said. “Our next round of trials should be on the millimeter wave,” Sekhon said, adding that they are awaiting equipment from vendor partners. The mmWave band is considered most suitable for 5G services and certain use cases even as the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) is yet to discover the price of these bands. The Sunil Mittal-led telco Tuesday conducted the first rural 5G trial in India in the outskirts of Delhi-NCR with its Swedish telecom equipment partner, Ericsson. Airtel and Ericsson, in a joint statement, said that the trial demonstrated over 200Mbps throughput on 3GPP-compliant 5G Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) device located more than 10km from the site. It showcased that a commercially available 3GPP-based 5G smartphone could connect to the test network and record over 100Mbps speeds at a distance of more than 10km from the site. The 5G site was powered by Ericsson’s 3GPP-compliant 5G radio. The trial was carried out by utilizing the allocated mid-band trial spectrum in the 3500MHz band and existing FDD spectrum band. India’s second-largest telco believes that the first 5G network will be launched within two-quarters of spectrum auction and can cover a large part of the country after one year. "Within two quarters after the auction, 5G networks can go live. After 1 year, we can see a large portion of the country getting covered by 5G," Sekhon said adding that Airtel’s network is 5G ready. The government, however, is likely to miss the January-March timeline for the auction of 4G and 5G spectrum unless the telecom regulator sends its pricing recommendations by November. In case of a delay, the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) will conduct 5G spectrum sale later in 2022 but is unlikely to wait until the fourth quarter of the next fiscal year. The DoT has recently sent a reference to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai), seeking fresh starting prices for existing 4G and 5G spectrum bands, plus for new bands like the millimetre wave frequencies in 26 GHz and 28 GHz bands that also support 5G technology. Trai will now need to get back to the telecom department on the pricing, as well as other points such as details of the auction and quantity to be put up for sale. Earlier this year, Airtel successfully demonstrated 5G services over a live 4G network in Hyderabad, marking an industry first. It is also conducting 5G trials in multiple cities across India and validating technologies and use cases through the trial spectrum allotted by the DoT. Airtel has partnered with Ericsson and Nokia for these trials.
5G FWA is hot: 72% of global service providers are offering FWA, says Ericsson
by Linda Hardesty | Jun 16, 2021 Fixed wireless access (FWA) is hot among service providers worldwide, according to Ericsson’s 2021 Mobility Report, which was published today. About 72% of all service providers are now offering FWA, as of April 2021. And connections are forecast to exceed 180 million by the end of 2026, accounting for more than 20% of total mobile network data traffic globally. Ericsson defines FWA as “a connection that provides primary broadband access through wireless wide area mobile network enabled customer premises equipment. This includes various form factors of CPEs, such as indoor (desktop and window) and outdoor (rooftop and wall mounted). It does not include portable battery-based Wi-Fi routers or dongles.” FWA was especially propelled by the Covid pandemic because people immediately needed better home broadband connectivity. “FWA is, in many cases, the quickest alternative to meet this demand,” stated the Mobility Report. Ericsson looked at the retail packages offered by service providers worldwide and found that out of the 311 service providers studied, 224 had an FWA offering, which represents an average of 72% globally. Service providers’ adoption of FWA offerings has increased by 12 percentage points during the last six months, and more than doubled since the first measurements in December 2018. Those service providers providing 5G are at the forefront of FWA adoption. About 87% of service providers that have launched 5G also have an FWA offering. This is a substantially higher adoption of FWA compared to service providers that have not yet launched 5G (62%). The high adoption rate of FWA is also prevalent in countries with a high fiber penetration. Replacement for DSL In addition to the need for better broadband driven by the pandemic, FWA is also seen as an increasingly cost-efficient replacement to fixed services such as DSL, cable and fiber. And governments are helping to fuel the growth of FWA through programs and subsidies, as they scramble to close their digital divides. Ericsson said it had to deal with “limited reporting of FWA connections, combined with varying FWA definitions,” but it estimates that there were more than 60 million FWA connections by the end of 2020. This number is forecast to grow more than threefold through 2026, exceeding the 180 million connections threshold. MaxComm Taiwan has launched a variety models of 4G/5G FWA and FWT. Please take a look at our web site at : https://www.4gltecpe.com/5g-cpe-router.htm
Global 5G future at risk if 6GHz spectrum is not licensed: GSMA
The GSM Association (GSMA) has called on governments to license the 6GHz band for fifth-generation or 5G networks if they aspire to realize the full capabilities of the next-generation technology. “It is estimated that 5G networks need 2GHz of mid-band spectrum over the next decade to deliver on its full potential,” it said. It has further urged governments to make at least 6425-7125 MHz available for licensed 5G; to ensure backhaul services are protected; and added that the bottom half of the 6GHz range at 5925-6425 MHz could be opened on a license-exempt basis with technology-neutral rules. According to the association, the mid-band spectrum is essential for mobile operators to deliver affordable connectivity for social inclusion, as well as, to provide data speeds and capacity necessary for smart cities, transport, and factories. “5G has the potential to boost the world’s GDP by $2.2 trillion,” said John Giusti, Chief Regulatory Officer for the GSMA. “But there is a clear threat to this growth if sufficient 6GHz spectrum is not made available for 5G. Clarity and certainty are essential to fostering the massive, long-term investments in this critical infrastructure.” GSMA’s statement comes in the wake of divergent approaches to the 6GHz band taken by governments across the world. For instance, China, according to GSMA, will use the entire 1200 MHz in the 6GHz band for 5G, while Europe has split the band, with the upper part reserved for 5G, and a new 500MHz tranche has been made available for Wi-Fi. Africa and parts of the Middle East are taking a similar approach. On the other hand, the U.S. and much of Latin America have said that the spectrum band will be offered to Wi-Fi and other unlicensed technologies, instead of 5G. To be sure, the World Radiocommunication Conference in 2023 will provide the opportunity to harmonize the 6GHz band across large parts of the planet and help develop the ecosystem, it added.