5G FWA Can be the Winner for Indian Broadband Market With Satellite Compliments

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Bharti Airtel Trialed 5G in Rural India

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In October 2021, major telecommunication operator Bharti Airtel, in partnership with Ericsson, conducted a trial of 5G network in rural India. The trial was done in outskirts of Delhi using 3.5GHz mid-band, which was awarded to Airtel for 5G trial purpose and existing FDD spectrum band. The trial achieved 200 Mbps throughput using a 5G fixed wireless access (FWA) device placed at a distance of ten km from the test site. It also achieved a record speed of 100 Mbps using a 5G smartphone beyond ten km from the site. Bharti Airtel’s 5G trial is timely with the 5G spectrum auction scheduled for early 2022 by Indian Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI).

India Needs Investment in Broadband

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India is a huge mobile market with over 1.1 billion subscriptions. More than two-thirds of total mobile users are accessing 4G network; however, the rest of the subscriptions rely on 2G and 3G networks. Reliance Jio Infocomm, Bharti Airtel, and Vodafone hold the top three market shares of Indian mobile market, followed by Bhara…

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