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5G trials to start in Jan-Mar quarter this fiscal: DoT

The 5G (the fifth generation of wireless technology) trials are expected to begin in the last quarter of current fiscal (2019-2020). The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has received 12 applications for 5G trials and it has neither approved nor rejected any applicant’s proposal so far. However, it is still unknown that whether the government has taken a decision on Huawei’s participation.

Key Highlights

Any proposal on 5G is required to address twin considerations, with first being the adoption of new technology, and second the imperatives of national security. The 5G technology has phenomenal potential of speed and futuristic applications but it is yet to evolve and major global players are themselves in process of evaluating ecosystem and use cases for 5G.

NOTE: 5G should not be linked to general spectrum auctions – which is expected to take place in March-April 2020. Also, a Financial/ Fiscal Year in India is from 1st April to succeeding 31st March.

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Balong 5G01 chipset: Huawei unveils world’s first 5G chip

Chinese electronic device and smartphone maker Huawei has unveiled Balong 5G01,  world’s first 5G chip at Mobile World Congress 2018 held in Barcelona, Spain. The company also showed its f5G-ready CPE equipment.

Balong 5G01 chipset

The chip has been designed and manufactured by Huawei. It offers 3GPP standard 5G connectivity and provides downlink speeds of up to 2.3Gbps. It supports 5G connectivity across all frequency bands including sub-6GHz and millimetre wave (mmWave) to offer a complete 5G solution suitable for multiple use cases. The chip is designed for multiple use cases and is claimed to be first to offer 5G connectivity at network, device, and chipset level.

f5G-ready CPE equipment

The f5G-ready CPE equipment will be available in two variants. The first will support low-frequency 5G bands and other will cater needs for high-frequency offerings. Compatible with both 4G and 5G networks, the CPE equipment can enable speeds of up to 2Gbps.


5G is wireless communication technology based on third-generation partnership project (3GPP). It is next generation mobile networks technology after 4G LTE networks. It will offer far greater upload and download speed available at present.

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