Vodafone Idea, Bharti Airtel, Reliance Jio, and BSNL submitted their respective applications for 5G field trials with the telecom department on the 15th of January. Vodafone Idea and Airtel may have submitted their applications with Ericsson, Nokia, Huawei, and ZTE, while Reliance Jio has applied to trial with Korea’s Samsung, which is also the sole gear vendor for its pan-India 4G network.
State-run telco BSNL, on the other hand, has submitted the application with ZTE only for trials. Telcos have asked for spectrum in mid-band, millimeter-wave and anchor 4G bands to conduct 5G field trials. The telecom department intends to start trials by February in the country.
Huawei will work with Vodafone Idea and Airtel in Delhi and Bengaluru, respectively for 5G trials. Samsung and Jio will do the trial in Mumbai. Nokia and Ericsson will have similar arrangements with both VIL and Airtel for trials.