The Department of Telecommunication (DoT) on September 27 invited Huawei to perform initial trials. The Chinese telecom company in association with Bharti Airtel are likely to finish 5G laboratory testing in February. Further, It is now considering other operators to join hands with the company for the tests, reported Economic Times.
Huawei India CEO Jay Chen told PTI “We have received an official invitation from the Department of Telecom (DoT) on September 27. We have submitted our proposal and now waiting for a reply from the department. We have been informed that DoT has set up a committee to decide on zones for trials. The government intends to allocate 100 megahertz spectrum for 5G trials. Huawei has shown interest in running a trial in Delhi and one more city. We also want to engage with state governments,” Chen said.
Reportedly, Department of Telecommunication is also in talks with other telecom players like Ericsson, Nokia, Samsung, Cisco and NEC in order to seek their co-operation in conducting 5G trials and developing a 5G application.
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) suggested auctioning 8,644 MHz of telecom frequencies against ₹4.9 lakh crore base price. The auction is likely to be conducted in late 2019.