Delhi Airport (Indira Gandhi International Airport), the country’s busiest and largest airport, has become 5G-ready, enabling passengers to use the world’s advanced mobile service inside the terminal as soon as the services are rolled out by the Telecom Service Providers (TSPs).
Officials said that flyers having a 5G-enabled mobile phone and sim card can experience a better signal strength, seamless connectivity, negligible latency, 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). The deployment across Terminal 3 would be covered in a phased manner.
Most airports at present provide wireless service primarily through Wi-Fi to passengers. Wi-Fi relies on the unlicensed spectrum which is free for anyone to use, as per the Delhi International Airport Ltd (DIAL).
Currently, a few TSPs have enabled their network to facilitate 5G service for their customers and expect others to connect in the next few weeks. Apart from these, people visiting GMR Aerocity Delhi can also get a feel of the 5G network at GMR Square.
GMR Square is a unique concept for any Indian airport which offers easy access to the commercial hubs of Aerocity from public places. It offers pedestrian experiential walks at GMR Aerocity Delhi. Passengers will be able to enjoy a 20 times faster data speed on a 5G network as compared with the available Wi-Fi system or 50 times faster data speed over the existing data communication network.
The 5G network would allow for quicker downloads, zero buffering during streaming, seamless execution of resource-intense applications like 3D Gaming, Virtual reality experience, extremely high-density connectivity, and extremely deep coverage in all areas.
To provide a world-class mobile experience to its passengers, DIAL, a GMR Airports Infrastructure Limited-led consortium that operates and manages Delhi airport, had set up the In-Building Solutions (IBS) for the 5G network well in advance. With the rise in passenger footfall, airports have witnessed a rise in demand for more bandwidth and faster speed from the passengers, who carry their mobile devices.
Airlines and other airport stakeholders are also seeking fast, seamless and secure connectivity for their essential technologies to enhance the passenger experience.
“Delhi Airport always remains ahead in bringing new-gen technologies to the passengers. To enhance their experience at the airport we have built our own 5G infrastructure. 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 enhance passengers’ experience. Passengers can experience unified signal strength, seamless connectivity, negligible latency, and unimaginable data speed.”Videh Kumar Jaipuriar, CEO, Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL)
The 5G, which is the next step in mobile telephony, will help in enhancing existing applications of the airports, like passenger processing, baggage management and airport operations, among others. Also, it will enable airports to go for new technologies like edge-computing, Internet of Things (IoT), digital twin creation and artificial intelligence.