GUWAHATI: The South Korean telecom giant Samsung is planning to conduct 5G field trials in Delhi by the first quarter of next year for which the multi-national company has been working closely with the Department of telecommunications (DoT).
A source of the Samsung India highlighted that the trials will be done for technology and use cases that are already available commercially. It further said that Reliance Jio is its prime partner. The source, however, did not confirm if the partnership with Jio will only be for trials.
"All our discussions are with Jio. It is our sole partner and we are its sole partner. This partnership has been successful for both of us," the source said.
Notably, DoT has approached companies, including Nokia, Samsung, Ericsson, Huawei and Cisco, among others, for development of 5G applications and for conducting trials. The government is expected to allocate spectrum to the operators for field trials, which will allow consumers to experience 5G.
Presently, across the world, there have been around 150 trials on 5G currently going on and India has lagged behind. The government has now formed a committee which will look exclusively at developing a model for conducting 5G field trials.
"Certain use cases will drive the deployment of 5G. It will co-exist with 4G. It is not a 4G replacement," the source added.