While many 5G-enabled phones have been launched in India, the country is still months away from rolling out a stable 5G network. The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has already authorized Reliance Jio, Airtel and Vodafone Idea to conduct 5G trials in India.
The DoT has assigned test spectrum to various companies to test and validate their technologies and plans to conduct auctions for 5G spectrum by July. It is therefore expected that India will see the rollout of 5G services in 2022.
In India, only 13 metropolitan cities will get 5G services for the first time this year. These include Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Gurugram, Chandigarh, Bangalore, Ahmadabad, Jamnagar, Hyderabad, Pune, Lucknow and Gandhinagar.
Reliance Jio has also established 5G trial sites in these cities. The telecom operator has so far partnered with a few smartphone brands to conduct 5G trials. Let’s see which brands have collaborated with Jio for 5G trials.
Redmi India, a sub-brand of Xiaomi, had partnered with Reliance Jio to conduct 5G trials in November last year. The companies said they conducted a 5G standalone lab trial and tested the Redmi Note 11T 5G smartphone through various scenarios. This was done to ensure enhanced experiences for 5G end users.
The Redmi Note 11T 5G was used for lab tests where it achieved “outstanding results” according to the company, achieving high download speeds. However, the speeds achieved during testing have not been disclosed. The results further demonstrated the capabilities of the Redmi Note 11T 5G to deliver an immersive 5G mobile experience to users.
The device supports 7 bands, including SAn1/ n3/ n5/n8/ n28/ n40/ n78 and NSA: n1/n3/n40/n78.
Infinix has also partnered with telecommunications service provider Jio to lead 5G leads for its first 5G smartphone, Zero 5G. As part of the virtual lab test, the device was thoroughly tested in various scenarios. This was done to verify its capability and performance to deliver enhanced experiences to 5G end users.
After undergoing rigorous lab testing, Zero 5G has achieved outstanding results in terms of download speed. The results further determined the smartphone’s speed and capabilities to deliver a reliable 5G mobile experience to users.
The phone will support 13 5G bands in India – n1/n3/n5/n7/n8/n20/n28/n38/n40/n41/n77/n78/n79 and NSA:- n41/n77/n78/n79. The wide range of bands supported by the device promises enhanced connectivity and performance to the users.
Oppo has collaborated with Jio for 5G trials. The company announced that it has successfully conducted a standalone 5G network trial for the Oppo Reno 7 series. The ultra-fast, low-latency 5G trial on the Reno7 series has been successfully concluded in a demo configuration. The results featured lag-free 4K video streams, lightning-fast uploads and downloads.
Additionally, the Reno 7 Pro smartphone supports up to 10 bands and the Reno 7 supports up to 13 bands to provide uninterrupted 5G network access anywhere in the country. The 5G-connected Reno7 device was able to achieve good throughput in the Jio 5G test setup. Site infrastructure and network provider Jio performed these tests using the allocated mid-band test spectrum.