No slowing down! Delhi International Airport to provide 5G network to passengers
With the newly installed 5G network, passengers will be able to enjoy 20 times faster data speed over the currently available Wi-Fi system at Delhi International Airport.
New Delhi: On Thursday, the GMR group-run Delhi Airport announced that it had upgraded its infrastructure to be 5G network compliant. Passengers will be able to use these services once the Telecom Service Providers begin to roll them out (TSPs). Currently, Wi-Fi is the main form of wireless service offered to travellers at most airports. Wi-Fi uses an unlicensed spectrum, which anyone can use for free, according to Delhi International Airport Ltd. (DIAL).
Airports have seen a rise in demand for more bandwidth and faster speeds as more people use devices like smartphones and laptops, among other things, as a result of increased passenger traffic. To meet demand, DIAL said, airlines and other airport stakeholders are also looking for quick, seamless, and secure connectivity for their critical technologies. It added that with the 5G network, passengers will be able to enjoy a 20-fold increase in data speed over the current Wi-Fi system.
Such a network would allow them quicker downloads, zero buffering during streaming and seamless execution of resource-intensive applications, DIAL stated.
Flyers having a 5G-enabled mobile phone set and sim card can experience a better signal strength, seamless connectivity and faster data speed at the domestic departure pier and international arrival baggage area at Terminal 3, and between T3 arrivals and multi-level car parking (MLCP), it stated. According to the private airport operator, the deployment across T3 would be covered in a phased manner.
Currently, a few of the TSPs have enabled their network to facilitate 5G service for their customers and expect other such service providers to connect in the next few weeks, it said. “The 5G network offers a faster speed and lower latency. At the airport, this feature of the next-generation mobile technology will help improve connection density and will also lead to greater efficiencies and aid in faster decision-making,” Videh Kumar Jaipuriar, CEO at DIAL.
Users having a Jio sim card will only be able to access the 5G network only if their smartphones have already received the 5G-supportive software update