Telecom operator Bharti Airtel on Wednesday announced that it has successfully conducted India’s first 5G trial in the 700 MHz band in partnership with Nokia.
“DoT gave an extension for 5G trials for a period of six months as requested by the operators. This move goes well for everyone,” a telecom executive told TNIE.
Vodafone Idea is currently conducting six-month 5G trials with telecom gear makers Ericsson, Nokia, Samsung and C-DOT.
The illegal operators allegedly used the mobile numbers to convert international VoIP calls to local ones, evading the network of long-distance operators.
SC said it would hear other applications, including those raising the question of whether airwaves or spectrum can be transferred or sold by telecoms as part of their assets, after two weeks.
According to the DoT, at least three out of the ten eligible applications to be approved in the non-MSME category will have to be domestic entities.
The list of telecom gear makers approved for trials include Ericsson, Nokia, Samsung, C-DOT and Reliance Jio’s indigenously developed technologies.
The DoT notified the PLI scheme for telecom and networking products on February 24, 2021, with a financial outlay of Rs 12,195 crore, over five years.