Idea, Airtel, Reliance Jio and Vodafone testing on 5g network. Peoples have expected 5g network rolled out after 2020 in India. Incumbent telecom operators Vodafone India Idea Cellular and Reliance Jio have started work to prepare their networks for the futuristic 5G technology and are now preparing to introduce massive MIMO technology into their respective networks.
Now major telcos like Airtel, Reliance Jio and more are preparing to introduce massive MIMO technology into their respective networks. The 5G technology is expected to be rolled out by 2020 and the massive MIMO technology is considered to be a key component in enabling 5G. We expect 5G to come faster and be broader than originally thought said Rajeev Suri, president, and CEO of Nokia.
Suri said Nokia expects 5G networks to be deployed in 2019 with widespread trials next year. Currently, Samsung is the only commercial vendor for the telco’s pan-India 4G network. We will strive to create new paradigms for LTE-Advanced Pro and 5G by closely cooperating with Jio as a unified workforce, Youngky Kim, President of Networks Business at Samsung Electronics had said earlier this year.
However, Huawei and ZTE have taken lead and commercially deployed massive MIMO technology for Airtel in India while Ericsson is in talks with telcos over 5G technology solutions. Airtel has already begun the first round of deployment of the technology in Bangalore and Kolkata and will expand to other cities like Pune, Hyderabad, and Chandigarh.
Reliance Jio, on the other hand, is currently running trials of massive MIMO technology with Chinese gear maker ZTE. We are the only company that is doing Pre 5G trials with Airtel, Vodafone and Reliance Jio. We are also providing 5G ready massive MIMO technology to Bharti Airtel, he said.