Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) has welcomed the Department of Telecom (DoT) decision to approve the applications of telecom service providers for conducting 5G trials. Director-General of COAI, Lieutenant General SP Kochhar said the move will stimulate local research and development (R and D) ecosystem.
Earlier yesterday, DoT approved applications of telecom service providers (TSPs) like Bharti Airtel, Reliance JioInfocomm, Vodafone Idea and MTNL for conducting 5G trials. Ministry of Communications said, these TSPs have tied up with original equipment manufacturers and technology providers – Ericsson, Nokia, Samsung and C-DOT.
In addition, Reliance JioInfocomm will also be conducting trials using its own indigenous technology. Notably, the duration of the trials, at present, is for a period of 6 months. This includes a time period of 2 months for procurement and setting up of the equipment. Ministry said that the TSPs are encouraged to conduct trials using 5Gi technology in addition to the already known 5G Technology.