Vi demos 5G download speed of up to 1.2Gbps at Bengaluru’s MG Road metro station

As part of a pilot phase by TRAI, Vodafone Idea (Vi) is testing how street furniture can be used for small cells and aerial fibre deployment at Namma Metro, Bengaluru. The main objective of these pilots is to make cross-sectoral infrastructure easier to use so that 5G networks can be put into place more quickly. 5G small cells are being tested on things like electric poles, bus stops, traffic lights, etc.

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has been testing 5G readiness by utilizing small cells and aerial fibre in various areas around the nation. Additionally, Vi is testing the usage of street furniture for small cells and aerial fibre deployment in Bhopal Smart City, New Delhi International Airport, as well as Kandla Port in Gujarat.

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has selected Vi to test 5G readiness at Namma Metro in Bengaluru, the country’s primary metro train. Vi deploys small cells to boost 4G coverage and capacity. Future 5G network equipment is being demonstrated. It employs higher frequencies’ spectrum to deliver ultra-high broadband speeds and is closer to the user to provide speedy replies.

Vi 5G download speed of 1.2Gbps

The project aims to test 5G coverage at the roadway’s concourse, platform, and tracks on both sides. The lessons learned from this initiative will be applied to the nationwide deployment of 5G on additional Metro Rails.
Vi has demonstrated a 5G download speed of 1.2 Gbps on a mobile device at MG Road Station as part of this pilot.

As part of its 5G experiments on government-allocated trial spectrum in Pune, Maharashtra, and Gandhinagar, Gujarat, Vi previously exhibited a variety of 5G-based technical solutions, including using scenarios.

TRAI believes these trials will make cross-sectoral infrastructure more accessible for the speedy rollout of 5G networks for telcos when DoT allots 5G frequencies. To cover 1  kilometre, hundreds of 5G small cells must be built. Mounting 5G small cells on Metro Rail poles eliminates the need for thousands of new towers. This will speed up 5G implementation and free unused port street furniture.