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Gaming enthusiasts have reason to rejoice! Telecom giant, Airtel, hosted India’s first-ever Cloud Gaming demo on a LIVE Airtel 5G test network, and the results were outstanding! India is on the brink of adopting 5G technology, and some lucky gamers were amongst a few to experience it first hand.

The telecom brand brought in pro gamers Mortal (Naman Mathur) and Mamba (Salman Ahmad) to test cloud gaming on Airtel 5G test network at Manesar. They used mid-segment smartphones connected to a 3500 MHz high capacity spectrum band, recording speeds of over 1 Gbps and a latency of 10 milliseconds. Here's what the two elite gamers had to say about their first experience of Airtel 5G test network.



“This was a high-end PC and console-quality gaming experience on a smartphone. We can say with confidence that 5G will truly unlock the online gaming scene in India and massify by creating opportunities to build and publish games out of India and bringing a lot of talented gamers from small towns to the mainstream. Thank you, Airtel, for giving us this wonderful opportunity," Mamba and Mortal said.

They maintained that while other countries are far ahead in terms of recognising gaming as a sport, Indian gamers will be well on their way to pursuing a career in this space, especially with the introduction of better technologies and infrastructure.

How 5G will boost cloud gaming capabilities

Gaming at home has evolved over the years and has become extremely popular in India, especially during the pandemic, thanks to a plethora of internet gaming options and stronger broadband connections. The digital wave that has gripped the country over the last year and a half has expanded the adoption of gaming to all age groups. However, the one challenge gamers face is hardware requirements to enjoy that ‘seamless’ experience. Ideally speaking, gamers would need a high-end PC with good processing power, graphics card, etc., to play online games without any lags.

Cloud gaming or gaming on-demand eliminates the need for such requirements. It lets you stream a game on any device with a display that you own – it could be a TV, smartphone, or computer screen. The games are installed on the remote server of a gaming technology platform and can then be streamed to a device. This takes away the need for discs and consoles, high-configuration graphics cards, or even high-end smartphones. It will make cloud gaming as easy as streaming OTT content on a smartphone.

As smartphones penetration grows in India, 5G-backed cloud gaming could spread to remote areas and offer gamers the right ecosystem.
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As smartphones penetration grows in India, 5G-backed cloud gaming could spread to remote areas and offer gamers the right ecosystem.

Randeep Sekhon, CTO, Bharti Airtel added: “Cloud gaming will be one of the biggest use cases of 5G thanks to the combination of high speed and low latency. After delivering India’s first 5G demo over a test network, we are thrilled to conduct this exciting 5G gaming session. Imagine enjoying real-time gaming on the go with someone sitting in another part of the world. This is just the beginning of an exciting digital future that Airtel will enable for its customers as we prepare to roll out 5G in India."

The advent of 5G is set to be a complete game-changer in every way. With growing smartphones penetration and a vast youth population, 5G-backed cloud gaming could spread to remote areas and offer gamers the right ecosystem to compete and excel in the international arena. India's current base of online gamers, which stands at around 400+ million, is expected to grow to over 500 million by next year. And this means a bigger boom for the gaming industry.

With this event, Airtel has taken another step toward establishing itself as a pioneer of 5G technology in India. The gaming event follows another successful live demonstration Airtel held earlier this year in Hyderabad, where it tested 5G services over a 4G network. The service provider also partnered with Nokia and Ericsson to conduct 5G trials in multiple cities across India a few months ago.

The tech giant is also leading the O-RAN Alliance initiatives in India, in association with Tata Group, Qualcomm, Intel, Mavenir and Altiostar, to build 5G solutions.

Disclaimer: 5G Test network is based on trial spectrum allocated by the DoT at approved locations.

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