Leveraging the enhanced propagation characteristics of the 700 MHz band, Airtel and Nokia were able to achieve high-speed wireless broadband network coverage of 40 Km between two 3GPP standard5G sites in real-life conditions. It was conducted on the outskirts of Kolkata and it was also the first 5G trial in Eastern India. 

The highest broadband coverage of 40 Km between two 5G test sites.
The highest broadband coverage of 40 Km between two 5G test sites.

Bharti Airtel CTO Randeep Singh Sekhon said, “back in 2012, Airtel launched India’s first 4G service in Kolkata. Today, we are delighted to conduct India’s first 5G demo in the coveted 700 MHz bands in the city to showcase the power of this technology standard. We believe that with the right pricing of 5G spectrum in the upcoming auctions, India can unlock the digital dividend and build a truly connected society with broadband for all."