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Indira Gandhi International Airport becomes India’s first 5G airport, tested under the supervision of TRAI

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Telecom operators have conducted their first 5G trial at the airport. This test has been done under the supervision of TRAI. Let us inform you that under the pilot project of TRAI, a 5G small cell was tested at GMR International Airport Delhi. With this, GMR International Airport has become the first airport in the country to have tested 5G readiness. Let us tell you that this test has been done keeping this purpose in mind so that there is no problem with the connectivity of 5G. Along with this, the process involved in the use of street furniture can also be tested to reduce the cost and expense.

Testing was also done at Deendayal Port in Kandla

Along with this, 5G was also tested on the Kandla port. The 5G small cell has been tested by the telecom service provider as part of the pilot project being carried out at Deendayal Port in Kandla.
With this Kandla Port has also become the first port in the country to test 5G readiness.

5G spectrum auctions may be completed by July 26

Telecom Minister Ashwini Vaishnav informed that the 5G service can be launched in India by the end of 2022.
It is being told that the process of the 5G spectrum auction can be completed by July 26. In such a situation, we can expect that the 5G network can be introduced in India by the end of the year.
This is because the 5G network of telecom operators Airtel and Jio is completely ready. These companies are only waiting for the approval of the government, after which the 5G network can be rolled out.

Why Is TRAI Conducting a Study on Small Cell Deployment?

Small cell deployment on existing infrastructure can reduce the cost of network rollout and ownership of the network by a huge margin for the telcos. It will further enable better coverage for the consumers and help the telecom service providers in coming out with new technologies and services faster.

The benefit of this won’t just be limited to the passengers inside the airport but will also help the respective controlling airport authorities in launching new business cases for providing more efficient passenger and cargo handling services.

But there are a few challenges that need to be addressed around the deployment of small cells.

Issues such as RoW (right of way) access, procedural simplification, and more need to be addressed first if India wants to go ahead with the mass deployment of small cells around the country.

Similar pilot tests are being conducted in Bangalore’s metro rail, Bhopal Smart City, and more. These pilot tests will give TRAI and the industry data about how small cell deployment should be done.

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