- Airtel Ties Up With Qualcomm for 5G Services in India
- The collaboration aims to allow a faster rollout of broadband services in a cost-effective manner, according to the companies.
- Last month, Airtel demonstrated 5G over a live commercial network in the city of Hyderabad and became the first telco in the country to do so.
India’s Bharti Airtel said on Tuesday it would collaborate with U.S. chipmaker Qualcomm for 5G services to the world’s second-largest wireless market.
Airtel demonstrated 5G over a live commercial network in the city of Hyderabad and became the first telco in the country to do so.
It will help fast-track the country’s socio-economic growth and development.
The companies in a press release noted that Airtel will utilize the Qualcomm 5G RAN platforms to roll-out virtualized and Open RAN-based (O-RAN based) 5G networks through Airtel’s network vendors and device partners in the country.
This collaboration will play a critical role in Airtel’s plans to add 5G network coverage and capacity where and when it is needed the most.”
This collaboration also aims to allow a faster rollout of broadband services in a cost-effective and expeditious manner across India
Randeep Sekhon, CTO, Bharti Airtel said,
“Airtel has been a pioneer of new technologies and our networks are fully ready for 5G. We are delighted to have Qualcomm Technologies as a key technology provider in our journey to roll-out world-class 5G in India”.
With Airtel’s integrated service portfolio and Qualcomm Technologies’ 5G leadership, we will be well placed to usher India into the next era of hyper-fast and ultra-low latency digital connectivity.”
India is yet to auction 5G airwaves, while telecom service providers globally are locked in a race for 5G roll out, which promises internet speeds up to 20 times faster than existing networks.
Meanwhile, Airtel rival Jio has said it has built an in-house 5G solution and is ready to roll out services as soon as airwaves are made available.
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