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Jio, Airtel, Vodafone Idea want 5Gi to be merged with 3GPP standard; urge India to maintain technology neutral stance

Jio, Airtel, Vodafone Idea want 5Gi to be merged with 3GPP standard; urge India to maintain technology neutral stance

Telcos through their representative body COAI said that making 5Gi a partof 3GPP standard or global 5G standard can ensure early adoption byoperators without any policy intervention and all stakeholders can reap thebenefits of economies of scale.   NEW DELHI: Indian telecom operators --Reliance Jio, Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea -- have yet again dialled the Indian government urging it to continue with its its technology neutral approach for the adoption of 5G technology and suggested that efforts can be made for global harmonization of 5Gi standards by making it part of 3GPP.Telcos through their representative body COAI said that making 5Gi a part of 3GPP standard or global 5G standard can ensure early adoption by operators without any policy intervention and all stakeholders can reap the benefits of economies of scale. The COAI’s letter to the DoT secretary coincides with the department’s move to form a committee to devise a strategy for commercialization and monetisation of 5G and domestically developed 5Gi technologies. The Telecommunication Engineering Center (TEC) is currently goingthrough public consultations on 3GPP Rel-15 and 5Gi standards.“With regard to the adoption of 5Gi, it is to be noted that the ecosystem forthis is yet to be developed, validated & fully tested. Even if the telcos wantto test the 5Gi standard during the on-going trials, this is not possible as no devices for this standard are available. You would appreciate thatvendors work on the principle of economies of scale for development ofequipment,” Lt. Gen Dr. SP Kochhar, Director General of COAI said in aletter to telecom secretary, K. Rajaraman.The Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) represents RelianceJio, Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea along with telecom vendors like Nokiaand Ericsson.Kochhar reiterated that chipsets for 5Gi are yet to be developed and evenif vendors agree to develop chipsets for 5Gi, it will take around 1-3 yearsto develop them and that too at a very high cost as these will be used onlyin India given that the standard is not globally harmonized, hence not “This may put the consumer at a burden if sufficient options are notavailable for device procurement as also the operators will have toundergo additional constraints in validating technologies that areuncommon,” he said.COAI said that mandating a technology/ standard for rural, that relies onhigher cost devices and additional capex investments would not be notjustified, especially when an existing affordable globally harmonizedtechnology solves the same problem/ provides better results.During the ongoing 5G trials, Bharti Airtel and Ericsson demonstrated athroughput of 200 Mbps at an inter-site distance of 20 kms in ruralscenarios using 3GPP compliant network elements and user terminals. “This far exceeds the claimed throughput of 18 Mbps with 12 kms inter-sitedistance by 5Gi, which is only through a simulated test as no field trialscould be conducted using 5Gi,” Kochhar said.The body said that its members are also supportive of India centricapproach to innovation and want the 5Gi standard to be available to themfor consideration for adoption only when it is "interoperable, implementableand has benefits for entire Indian 5G networks."“Hence, it is necessary to have global harmonization of 5Gi standardsspecifications. We recommend efforts towards making the solutioncomponents of 5Gi part of 3GPP, especially since the variation in thisversus the globally harmonized standards specification would have adirect impact on making the specifications viable for commercialdeployment without fragmenting the ecosystem,” Kocchar said. COAI argued that India’s technology neutral approach has helped operators to deploy any of the available globally harmonized technologies, thereby making services affordable by driving down the cost of network and devices. Globally harmonized standards benefits Indian consumers by providing “world class affordable” services. “ Therefore, principally, National Standards for India should be globally harmonized and leverage global economies of scale both for network & smartphones,” COAI said, adding that standards must enable international roaming & interoperability across networks deployed globally and must also enable ready to use ecosystems of both networks and smartphones.

Airtel gearing up for 5G trials using mmWave band, says CTO Randeep Sekhon

Airtel gearing up for 5G trials using mmWave band, says CTO Randeep Sekhon

“Our next round of trials should be on the millimetre wave,” Sekhon said, adding that they are awaiting equipment from vendor partners. ETTelecom   Updated: October 06, 2021, 16:55 IST Bharti Airtel is preparing to conduct 5G trials using the millimeter band, Randeep Sekhon, Chief Technology Officer said. “Our next round of trials should be on the millimeter wave,” Sekhon said, adding that they are awaiting equipment from vendor partners. The mmWave band is considered most suitable for 5G services and certain use cases even as the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) is yet to discover the price of these bands. The Sunil Mittal-led telco Tuesday conducted the first rural 5G trial in India in the outskirts of Delhi-NCR with its Swedish telecom equipment partner, Ericsson. Airtel and Ericsson, in a joint statement, said that the trial demonstrated over 200Mbps throughput on 3GPP-compliant 5G Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) device located more than 10km from the site. It showcased that a commercially available 3GPP-based 5G smartphone could connect to the test network and record over 100Mbps speeds at a distance of more than 10km from the site. The 5G site was powered by Ericsson’s 3GPP-compliant 5G radio. The trial was carried out by utilizing the allocated mid-band trial spectrum in the 3500MHz band and existing FDD spectrum band. India’s second-largest telco believes that the first 5G network will be launched within two-quarters of spectrum auction and can cover a large part of the country after one year. "Within two quarters after the auction, 5G networks can go live. After 1 year, we can see a large portion of the country getting covered by 5G," Sekhon said adding that Airtel’s network is 5G ready. The government, however, is likely to miss the January-March timeline for the auction of 4G and 5G spectrum unless the telecom regulator sends its pricing recommendations by November. In case of a delay, the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) will conduct 5G spectrum sale later in 2022 but is unlikely to wait until the fourth quarter of the next fiscal year. The DoT has recently sent a reference to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai), seeking fresh starting prices for existing 4G and 5G spectrum bands, plus for new bands like the millimetre wave frequencies in 26 GHz and 28 GHz bands that also support 5G technology. Trai will now need to get back to the telecom department on the pricing, as well as other points such as details of the auction and quantity to be put up for sale. Earlier this year, Airtel successfully demonstrated 5G services over a live 4G network in Hyderabad, marking an industry first. It is also conducting 5G trials in multiple cities across India and validating technologies and use cases through the trial spectrum allotted by the DoT. Airtel has partnered with Ericsson and Nokia for these trials.

5G FWA is hot: 72% of global service providers are offering FWA, says Ericsson

5G FWA is hot: 72% of global service providers are offering FWA, says Ericsson

by Linda Hardesty | Jun 16, 2021 Fixed wireless access (FWA) is hot among service providers worldwide, according to Ericsson’s 2021 Mobility Report, which was published today. About 72% of all service providers are now offering FWA, as of April 2021. And connections are forecast to exceed 180 million by the end of 2026, accounting for more than 20% of total mobile network data traffic globally. Ericsson defines FWA as “a connection that provides primary broadband access through wireless wide area mobile network enabled customer premises equipment. This includes various form factors of CPEs, such as indoor (desktop and window) and outdoor (rooftop and wall mounted). It does not include portable battery-based Wi-Fi routers or dongles.” FWA was especially propelled by the Covid pandemic because people immediately needed better home broadband connectivity. “FWA is, in many cases, the quickest alternative to meet this demand,” stated the Mobility Report. Ericsson looked at the retail packages offered by service providers worldwide and found that out of the 311 service providers studied, 224 had an FWA offering, which represents an average of 72% globally. Service providers’ adoption of FWA offerings has increased by 12 percentage points during the last six months, and more than doubled since the first measurements in December 2018. Those service providers providing 5G are at the forefront of FWA adoption. About 87% of service providers that have launched 5G also have an FWA offering. This is a substantially higher adoption of FWA compared to service providers that have not yet launched 5G (62%). The high adoption rate of FWA is also prevalent in countries with a high fiber penetration. Replacement for DSL In addition to the need for better broadband driven by the pandemic, FWA is also seen as an increasingly cost-efficient replacement to fixed services such as DSL, cable and fiber. And governments are helping to fuel the growth of FWA through programs and subsidies, as they scramble to close their digital divides. Ericsson said it had to deal with “limited reporting of FWA connections, combined with varying FWA definitions,” but it estimates that there were more than 60 million FWA connections by the end of 2020. This number is forecast to grow more than threefold through 2026, exceeding the 180 million connections threshold. MaxComm Taiwan has launched a variety models of 4G/5G FWA and FWT. Please take a look at our web site at : https://www.4gltecpe.com/5g-cpe-router.htm

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