India: Airtel becomes first telecom company to operate 5G network

10 February 2021

Bharti Airtel has become India’s first telecom operator to successfully demonstrate live fifth-generation (5G) service over a commercial network in Hyderabad city.

It operated the 5G network over its existing liberalised spectrum in the 1,800 MHz band through the NSA (non-standalone) network technology.

Using dynamic spectrum sharing, Airtel operated 5G and 4G concurrently within the same spectrum block. The new technology will be made available to customers across the country when the adequate spectrum is available and required government approvals have been received.

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China Telecom and Liquid Telecom in “historic” deal

09 May 2018

In what’s been hailed as a “landmark partnership”, China Telecom Global (CTG) and Liquid Telecom will work together to provide Africa and Asia with what they say are “industry-leading” network solutions and services.

The companies said their “historic” strategic agreement will enable them to serve their respective enterprise and wholesale customers with extended network coverage across some of the fastest-growing economies in the two regions.

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IoT network deployed across Kigali to support smart city initiatives

10 May 2017

Engineers setting up Kigalis’ smart city LoRaWAN network.

Engineers setting up Kigalis’ smart city LoRaWAN network.

From having very little network connectivity just a few years ago, Rwanda now has ambitions to become a smart city blueprint for other African nations to follow.

The country’s government has launched a flagship Internet of Things project in Kigali which features technology supplied by Inmarsat and Nokia.

 

Inmarsat has deployed low power WAN infrastructure around the capital using the LoRaWAN protocol to connect sensors and devices in the IoT.

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Huawei India partners with academia to promote ICT education

02 February 2017

Huawei Technologies India CEO William Zhao (right) says a large base of highly skilled youth can “galvanise” society’s advancement. Also pictured is IIIT-B founder and director, Professor S. Sadagopan.

Huawei Technologies India CEO William Zhao (right) says a large base of highly skilled youth can “galvanise” society’s advancement. Also pictured is IIIT-B founder and director, Professor S. Sadagopan.

Huawei Technologies India will provide scholarships to 80 students as part of its programme to contribute to the development of ICT skills in the country.

The company has entered into MoU with eight leading engineering universities and colleges.

They include: the M S Ramaiah Insitute of Technology; Sri Jayachamarajendra College of Engineering; International Institute of IT – Bangalore (IIIT-B); University Visvesvaraya College of Engineering; Bhusanayana Mukundadas Sreenivasaiah College of Engineering; National Institute of Technology Karnataka; PES University; and CMR Institute of Technology.

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