Samsung plans to bring 5G to India next year for a large-scale trial

5G coming to India in 2019 as a large-scale trial thanks to Samsung
5G coming to India in 2019
Samsung and India's Department of Telecommunications teamed up to conduct the first large-scale 5G trial in the country, which is scheduled to take place in the first quarter of 2019 if everything works as planned. Samsung made the announcement at the India Mobile Congress 2018 earlier this week.
Codrut Nistor,

India might be a heaven for Samsung's low-cost handsets, but thanks to the collaboration between the smartphone maker and the local carrier Reliance Jio, the 4G LTE solutions provided by Samsung are expected to reach 99 percent of India's population — almost 1.3 billion people — by November 7. Even more, the first large-scale 5G trial will be conducted in the country in just a few months as well.

This week, the Samsung-sponsored India Mobile Congress 2018 is taking place in New Delhi. In the opening of this event, Samsung announced that the aforementioned 5G trial is scheduled to take place in the first half of 2019, without mentioning an accurate date. However, it has been unveiled that the Indian Department of Telecommunications is Samsung's partner in this endeavor.

Samsung is currently showing 5G solutions for home broadband services, Smart Cities, and Smart Agriculture applications during the IMC 2018 event. Since the first 5G commercial service has recently went live in the US for just a few areas, India might have to wait at least one or two more years until the first 5G commercial services become available to home users. However, it will be interesting to find out more about this trial's challenges and results — if Samsung decides to make the results public, of course.


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Codrut Nistor, 2018-10-26 (Update: 2018-10-26)
Codrut Nistor
Codrut Nistor - News Editor
Although I have been writing about new software and hardware for almost a decade, I consider myself to be old school. I always enjoy listening to music on CD or tape instead of digital files and I will not even get into the touchscreen vs physical keys debate. However, I also enjoy new technology, as I now have the chance to take a look at the future every day. I joined the Notebookcheck crew back in 2013 and I have no plans to leave the ship anytime soon.