VIL, Nokia conduct 5G trials on govt-allocated 5G spectrum in Guajarat

VIL has demonstrated 5G ‘Voice over New Radio’ (VoNR) capability with technology partner Nokia

Indian telecom operator, Vodafone Idea Ltd. (VIL) recently announced that it has successfully portrayed 5G Voice over New Radio (VoNR) capability in collaboration with Nokia, during the ongoing 5G trials in Gujarat.

Speaking on the novel capability, VIL stated that after deployment, the VoNR solution will offer new set of features to its subscribers such as of high-definition sound experience over 5G tech along with multiple voice applications and innovative uses cases in the future.

Currently, the telecommunications company is performing 5G trials on a government-provided 5G spectrum located in Gandhinagar, Gujarat, and the VoNR trial was a part of Nokia’s extensive portfolio of solutions.

According to the company, once VoNR is commercially deployed, it will provide a superior user experience on a secure, reliable, and low latency network, leveraging 5G technology for voice as well as data service.

Jabir Singh, Chief Technology Officer of VIL, mentioned that the company is conducting 5G trials to determine technology solutions capable of creating a superior network experience and supporting relevant use cases for digital enterprises and customers.

Reportedly, the government will wait until March for the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) to propose their recommendations over pricing and other aspects associated with 5G spectrum.

Speculations have it that auctions for the 5G spectrum will be conducted this year to introduce 5G mobile services in 2022-23 via private telecom providers, which will trigger the deployment of 5G services in ultra-high speeds with new age services and business models.

Previously, VIL demonstrated speeds over 4 Gbps during its 5G trials with Nokia and displayed unique consumer applications including Artificial Intelligence (AI)-based VR streaming, Virtually Reality 5G Connected Schools, Roller Coaster Gaming and 3600 VR Content Playback.

Additionally, VIL also leveraged Nokia’s 5G RAN (Radio Access Network) coupled with its 5G core to successfully showcase secure network slicing use case and tested 5G utilization across mid-band to offer rural broadband connectivity in Gandhinagar.

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