Airtel, Vi request release of additional backhaul airwaves

21 Sep 2020

Executives from Indian cellcos Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea Limited (VIL) – now operating under the Vi brand – have urged regulators to release spectrum in the E band (71GHz-76GHz and 81GHz-86GHz) and V band (57GHz to 64GHz) to support backhaul infrastructure for 4G and 5G networks. The Economic Times quotes Airtel CTO Randeep Sekhon as saying that the frequencies would be key to 5G backhaul in India, adding: ‘A robust transport network is needed. 5G will need backhaul, which will be much larger than the backhaul of a 4G site needs because of the sheer spectrum 5G brings in.’