Bharti Airtel and other major Indian telecom service providers are continuously conducting 5G trials and gearing up for spectrum auction. Today, during an event held in Gurugram, Airtel demonstrated the high speed, low latency capabilities of the 5G network with regards to video.
During the event, the company played Kapil Dev’s famous 1983 Cricket World Cup match in 4K with 1Gbps network speed and 20ms low-latency. Apart from this, the company also held India’s first 5G powered hologram conversation with Kapil Dev.
Airtel claims that over 50 concurrent users watched the match in 4K on a 5G smartphone. In addition, the company hosted a 5G powered hologram interaction with Kapil Dev in real time.
Airtel demonstrated at its ‘Network Experience Center’ in Manesar using Ericsson 5G radio in the 3500 MHz band test spectrum in NSA and SA mode. Note, however, that this was just a demonstration, and the actual speed will drop once the technology becomes widely available due to network congestion.
“Gigabit speeds and 5G’s millisecond latency will change the way we consume entertainment. With today’s demonstration, we have only scratched the surface of the infinite possibilities of 5G and the highly personalized immersive experiences in the digital world. With 5G based holograms, we will be able to take the virtual avatar to any place and it will be a game-changer for meetings and conferences, live news and have many other use cases. Airtel is all set for 5G in this emerging digital world and building a solid pipeline of innovative use cases for India. Randeep Sekhon, CTO, Bharti Airtel, said, “We take this opportunity to thank the Department of Telecommunications for awarding trial spectrum, validating our technology and use cases.
To recall, Airtel, Jio and Vi along with many others have warned about the lack of 5G phones from next year.
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