5G, the fifth generation of mobile network, doesn't yet exist but aims to provide faster data speeds and more bandwidth to carry ever-growing levels of web traffic.
"At present, we deploy cables with 50 optical fibre. We are in talks with a leading Internet service provider to deploy cable with 864 optical fibre, which is more than 17 times current capacity being deployed. This will be first deployment of such high capacity in India. It will also support 5G deployment," Agarwal told PTI at the India Mobile Congress.
According to officials, the government is working on creating a corpus of Rs 500 crore to fund 5G activity, mainly on research and product development.
The two companies will also collaborate on an on-going basis to evolve standards for 5G and advanced technologies like network functions virtualisation (NFV), software-defined networking (SDN) and Internet of Things (IoT), Bharti Airtel said in a statement.
The 5GB 4G data can be availed on a recharge of Rs 309 and above on the user's Jio connection and will come as an additional data over and above what the users normally get. The additional data is limited to a maximum of 5 recharges per user.
A 5G network is expected to offer faster speeds, more capacity and shorter response times while supporting uses ranging from self-driving cars to remote surgeries. Telecom companies and their suppliers consider it to be a multibillion-dollar revenue opportunity.
In a statement here, the COAI said the 5G India Forum "will contribute to national policy on 5G along with Department of Telecommunication (DoT) and build consensus among all the entities involved, including private and government".
While the Department of Telecom (DoT) has proposed to hold auction in 2017, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India has sought opinion on when the next round of auction should be held and whether it should done in a "phased manner".
It will also launch 4G services at Baddi in Solan district and 3G services for the entire state, and release 30,000 new landline connections and 31,000 broadband connections to the subscribers in the state.
The paper will seek views on pricing of spectrum, block size to be auctioned in each band, roll out obligation and also whether the ecosystem is now developed or not to accommodate new technologies
So-called 5G is expected to provide higher speeds and response times than 4G networks used today and wireless companies see this as a multi-billion dollar opportunity, although international standards for 5G are yet to be finalised.
The policy in the offing, will focus on areas such as Internet for all, next-generation technologies (like 5G and Internet of Things), skills development, and security, among others.
A delegation led by IT and Industries Minister K T Rama Rao, who is on a tour to the United States of America, yesterday interacted with top leadership of major global corporations including Nokia, an official release said here today.
"India is getting future ready and has started serious work on identifying and formalising the standards for the rollout of 5G. The standards are likely to be ready by 2018," said D.P. De, Senior Deputy Director General of Telecommunication Engineering Centre (TEC), at the 5G India 2017 Conference here.
New 5G networks are expected to provide speeds at least 10 times and up to maybe 100 times faster than today's 4G networks, with the potential to connect at least 100 billion devices with download speeds that can reach 10 gigabits per second.
5G is expected to launch in developed countries by 2020 and by 2022, in India.
Indian telecom operators will start adopting 5G technology, which in present form can deliver up to 1000 mbps download speed, from this year, Huawei India CEO Jay Chen said today.
Under a new agreement, Nokia and Airtel will collaborate to drive the definition and development of these new services with a focus on taking the path to 5G network connectivity, Nokia said in a statement.
India, as a country, must leverage it as soon as possible so as to solve some of our developmental problems," Sharma told PTI on the sidelines of Mobile World Congress here.
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"We were late in 3G and 4G, so we are keen that we should not be deprived of 5G. It has a wider application for the industry including smart cities and management of grids. So we are keen to be with the world," Telecom Secretary J S Deepak told reporters here.
The auction last year had seen a muted response on account of high spectrum cost.
Reliance Jio and Samsung are held a joint press conference at the Mobile World Conference (2017) in Barcelona today, announcing a partnership for 5G and LTE-Advance Pro services in India.
State-owned Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd is all set to sign a memorandum of understanding with Nokia in the areas of 5G and Internet of Things (IoT).
Nokia and its rivals, Sweden's Ericsson and China's Huawei have struggled recently as demand for faster 4G mobile broadband equipment has peaked and the move to the next-generation 5G networks are still years away.