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Airtel to start rolling out 5G network in India in August: here’s everything you need to know

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Airtel has finally announced that it will start rolling out a 5G network in India by the end of August. The telecom giant has announced that it has signed 5G network agreements with Ericsson, Nokia and Samsung to begin 5G rollout in August 2022. Airtel will be the first telecom giant to roll out 5G services in India. The company has a long-standing relationship with Ericsson and Nokia, but Samsung was added to the list fairly recently. Airtel was part of the spectrum auction conducted by the Department of Telecommunications, in which the telecommunications giant bid for and acquired 19,867.8 MHz of spectrum in the 900 MHz, 1800 MHz, 2100 MHz, 3300 MHz and 26 GHz frequencies.

Speaking about the rollout of 5G services in India, Gopal Vittal, MD and CEO of Airtel, said, “We are delighted to announce that Airtel will start rolling out 5G services in August. Our network agreements are finalized and Airtel will work with the best technology partners around the world to bring all the benefits of 5G connectivity to our consumers. India’s transition to a digital economy will be led by telecommunications and 5G presents a game-changing opportunity to drive the digital transformation of India’s industries, businesses and socio-economic development.

Airtel was the first of three telecom companies in India to test the 5G network. The telecommunications company has tested several use cases with several partners on many sites. It also demonstrated India’s first 5G experience on a live 4G network in Hyderabad. After which, Airtel also conducted the first rural 5G trial in India and also tested the first 5G cloud gaming experience for the successful deployment of India’s first captive private network on the trial spectrum.

Notably, Reliance Jio has become the biggest bidder of 5G spectrum.

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