In a strategic move, mobile phone manufacturer Nokia has signed memorandum of understandings (MoUs) with Bharti Airtel and Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) to bring new-age 5G telecommunication service to India, according to an Economic Times report.
However, it was also announced to create a strategic roadmap for network evolution to the 5G-technology standard and Internet of Things (IoT)-enabled devices.
“Thoughts behind these MoUs would be to introduce 5G here, and what are the steps required for the same, besides identifying applications to define the target segment, which will lead to a complete 5G strategy for telcos. It is more of a preparatory phase for getting into 5G,” Sanjay Malik, head of India market at Nokia told ET.
“5G and IoT applications have tremendous potential to transform lives and we are pleased to partner with Nokia to enable these future technologies for our customers,” Abhay Savargaonkar, Director-Network Services (India and South Asia), Bharti Airtel, said in a statement.
5G promises to enable dramatic improvements in peak data speeds, network latency and agility, as well as the ability to enable new capabilities such as network slicing.
By when will 5G services be available in India
However, tests on 5G network connectivity have already commenced in some parts of the world but the commercial launch is expected to take place around 2019-2020 globally.
How fast 5G will be?
According to experts, 5G will be much faster than 4G and broadband services. In its present form, it can deliver up to 1 Gbps download speed!
Some estimates put download speeds at up to 1,000 times faster than 4G, potentially exceeding 10 Gbps. That would enable you to download an entire HD film in less than a second.