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India set to start 5G pre-commercial trials early next year

Move comes at a time when local wireless carriers are grappling with losses and debt

MUMBAI (NewsRise) -- India is set to start the pre-commercial trials of 5G internet technology in the first quarter of 2020 as the country gears up to introduce the next generation of wireless networks.

The government had in June said the 5G trials will start in 100 days, though concerns about allowing China's Huawei Technologies to participate in the trials resulted in unforeseen delays in the roll out. China had, in June, given wireless service providers the licenses required to roll out commercial services, after South Korea and the U.S. The move also comes when India's mobile phone companies are grappling with losses and surging debt amid tariffs that are among the lowest in the world.

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