Vodafone Idea, Reliance Jio, Bharti Airtel and Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) have named European and US equipment makers as preferred partners for 5G trials. With this, the telcos have effectively shut Chinese companies Huawei and ZTE out from the trail.
According to industry sources, in response to a recent Department of Telecommunications’ (DoT) demand for a set of priority vendors for 5G trials, Jio named Samsung, Nokia and Ericsson besides applying to trial its own technology. Further, Airtel and Vodafone Idea opted for Nokia and Ericsson while BSNL plans to partner Centre for Development of Telematics (C-DoT). In addition, Vodafone Idea will also conduct trials with US-based Mavenir.
Meanwhile, Jio submitted an application to trial its own 5G technology in south Mumbai and Navi Mumbai areas, while with Samsung in Bandra Kurla complex, and Kamothe and Solapur in Maharashtra. Further, the telco intends to conduct 5G trials with Nokia in Pune and Ahmednagar, and with Ericsson in Delhi and Haryana.
Vodafone Idea plans 5G trials with Nokia in Gandhinagar and Pethapur in Gujarat, and with Ericsson in Sharda Centre and Nanekarwadi in Pune. It will conduct trials with US-based Mavenir, replacing Huawei, in Delhi. Airtel plans to do 5G trials in Phoenix Mall area in Mumbai, Bidhannagar, Salt Lake, Narendrapur and Joka in Kolkata with Nokia and with Manesar and Ericsson in Delhi-NCR and Bengaluru, respectively. Besides, Airtel has applied for both NSA and SA 5G trials to test its network architecture.