Vodafone Idea teams up with L&T to test 5G-based smart city solutions

Vodafone Idea (Vi) will collaborate with Larsen & Toubro (L&T) for testing 5G-based smart city solutions, as part of the ongoing 5G trials on the spectrum allocated by the government.

Vi has been allotted 26 GHz and 3.5 GHz spectrum in the mmWave band for its 5G network trials and use cases by the Department of Telecommunications (DoT).

Vi and L&T will try out and approve 5G applications that are based on Video Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Internet of Things (IoT) technologies using L&T’s Smart City platform, Fusion, to deal with the challenges of urbanization, security, and safety. The trial will be conducted in Pune city of Maharashtra and smart solutions will be offered to the residents of the city.

Following this announcement, Vi’s efforts to develop use cases for the next-generation network technology are likely to gain traction. Vi has already demonstrated a peak speed of more than 3.7 Gbps with very low latency on the mmWave spectrum band and up to 1.5 Gbps download speed in the 3.5 GHz band 5G trial network.

Vodafone Idea Limited’s Chief Enterprise Business Officer, Abhijit Kishore, mentioned that the development of 5G technology unlocks new opportunities to deal with challenges of urban growth and offer end-to-end solutions to promote sustainable creation of Smart Cities in the future.

Senior Executive VP of Defence & Smart Technologies, L&T, J D Patil, stated that they are happy to partner with Vodafone Idea and contribute to developing customized, IoT-driven 5G solutions for several industries and enterprises verticals.

The two companies also aim to test other 5G-based use cases that cover fifth-generation technology services like enhanced Ultra-Reliable Low Latency Communications (uRLLC), Mobile Broadband (eMBB), and Multi-Access Edge Computing (MEC).

The competition is 5G space is growing. Bharti Airtel has recently displayed India’s first 5G rural trial together with Sweden’s Ericsson. It has also demonstrated 5G cloud gaming. Meanwhile, Jio has tested 5G Voice over New Radio (VoNR), AI-multimedia chatbot, and an immersive high-definition (HD) virtual reality (VR) meeting.

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