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Airtel Announces Successful Trial of 5G Private Network at BOSCH Facility

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Amid the heated debate on allowing enterprises to build captive private 5G networks as India prepares for 5G spectrum auction. Bharti Airtel on Friday announced a successful trial of India’s first 5G private network at the Bosch Automotive Electronics India (RBAI) facility here. The on-premise 5G Captive Private Network was built over the trial 5G spectrum allocated by the Department of Telecom (DoT).

Airtel Announces Successful Trial of 5G Private Network at BOSCH Facility

Airtel has deployed India’s first private 5G network at the BOSCH facility, it said.

“The trial successfully demonstrates Airtel’s capability to deliver high-quality private network solutions for Industry 4.0,” it added.

Airtel has implemented two industrial-grade use cases. This is for quality improvement and operational efficiency at Bosch’s manufacturing facility, utilizing the trial spectrum.

In both cases, 5G technology such as mobile broadband and ultra-reliable low latency communications drove automated operations ensuring faster scale up and reduced downtimes, the statement said.

Airtel invites applications for the Auction

The Department of Telecom has released a notice inviting applications (NIA) for the auction of spectrum in 600, 700, 800, 900, 1800, 2100, 2300, 2500, 3300 MHz, and 26GHz bands. The NIA provides explicit clarity on the subject of Captive Non-Public Networks (CNPN).

The private network set up on the trial spectrum at the Bosch facility has the capability to manage thousands of connected devices along with delivering multi- GBPS throughput, said Airtel.

Subhash P., Head of Technical Functions, Bosch Automotive Electronics India says:

“The low latency and reliable connectivity provided by the Airtel Private 5G network at our facility which was experienced during the proof of concept is enabling us to enhance our efficiency and our productivity,”

Meanwhile, a report last month mentioned the three private telecom operators. Reliance Jio, Bharti Airtel, and Vodafone Idea are going to buy spectrum worth Rs. 71,000 crores. In the upcoming 5G auction, leaving a vast majority of the radio waves going under the hammer unsold, according to research firm IIFL Securities.

Last year, Airtel successfully demonstrated India’s first 5G experience over a live 4G network in Hyderabad. It has also demonstrated India’s first rural 5G trial as well as the first cloud gaming experience on 5G. Meanwhile, the Broadband India Forum (BIF) on Friday said the choice of service provider for captive private 5G networks must lie with the enterprises.

BIF President T.V. Ramachandran says:

“The enterprises would have to make do with whatever offers by the telecom service providers (TSPs), whether satisfactory or not”

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