Airtel 5g launches 5G-ready IoT platform to drive enterprise business

Airtel has launched its 5G-ready Internet of Things (IoT) platform with the capability to connect and manage “billions of devices and applications” as the company further looks to build its enterprise business in the country. The company’s new platform will support the 5G network in future and it already supports 2G and 4G along with narrowband-IoT network.

WHAT IS 5G?

Mobile networks have seen a major transformation since the launch of the first-generation mobile services, which were capable of transmitting only voice calls. The current generation of mobile networks (fourth-generation, or 4G) is adept in handling higher data speeds required for multimedia streaming, besides providing basic network operations like voice calls, messages and web browsing.

Airtel 5G is the fifth-generation cellular network technology. It is designed to improve network connections by addressing the legacy issues of speed, latency and utility, which the earlier generations and the current generation of mobile networks could not address. 5G is promised to deliver data speed at a rate 100 times faster than 4G networks.

5G network deployment is rapidly moving from trials to early commercial. In India, network operators like Airtel, Vodafone, Idea, Reliance Jio etc.

Vodafone Idea has also proposed 5G trials with multiple vendors, including Huawei and Ericsson.

Samsung will conduct 5G field trials in New Delhi in 2019, and is working closely with the DoT.

At its very core is Airtel 5G Ready network that comes with the option to deploy NB-IoT (Narrow Band-Internet of Things), 4G or 2G connectivity using Airtel e-SIM technology.

5G wireless technology is meant to deliver higher multi-Gbps peak data speeds, ultra low latency, more reliability, massive network capacity, increased availability, and a more uniform user experience to more users. Higher performance and improved efficiency empower new user experiences and connects new industries.