Tech trials for India’s first 5G rural broadband was recently launched at the Ajol village, in Mansa taluka of Gandhinagar, with a Base Transceiver Station (BTS) set up 17 km away in Unawa city.
The Central Telecommunication Corporation had recently announced that nine major cities, including Gandhinagar, will get 5G network speeds for mobile holders from 2022. In order to operate on 5G speed before the Vibrant Gujarat Summit scheduled from January 10-12 at Gandhinagar, the Gandhinagar telecom department has installed 5G cards at five locations.
A team comprising representatives of the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) and two private mobile service providers recently visited Ajol and recorded 105.47 Mbps as the download speed and 58.77 Mbps as the upload speed during the trial.
Sources in the Gandhinagar technical area said that the technology tested included 360-degree virtual-reality content playback and a virtual-reality connected classroom. In November, the DoT team checked the speed at the Mahatma Mandir 5G site in Gandhinagar city, which was found to be around 1.5 Gbps — almost a hundred times faster than 4G. Speed test was performed on non-standalone 5G mode.
Apart from the Mahatma Mandir, the 5G chip installation sites in Gandhinagar also include Panch Tarak, Hotel Leela, Madhur Dairy, Government Polytechnic and Unawa.