Airtel and Qualcomm have announced that they would be collaborating for accelerating 5G networks in India. Recently, Airtel had also become India’s first telco to demonstrate 5G over a LIVE commercial network in the city of Hyderabad.
Commenting on this, 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.”
Rajen Vagadia, Vice President, QUALCOMM India Private Limited and President, Qualcomm India also said, “There is a compelling case to accelerate the roll-out of 5G networks in India, as it will help fast-track the country’s socio-economic growth and development. We are pleased to be working with Airtel, and we are excited by the opportunity ahead. This collaboration is expected to play a critical role in Airtel’s plans to add 5G network coverage and capacity where and when it is needed the most.”
According to Airtel, they would be utilizing the Qualcomm 5G RAN Platforms so that they can roll-out virtualized and Open RAN-based 5G networks. As they are also a board member of the O-RAN Alliance, they are committed to the success of O-RAN and they are also working with Qualcomm Technologies to explore and implement the O-RAN approach for India. This flexible and scalable architecture of O-RAN will create new opportunities for small and medium-sized businesses, to become an even viable player in the deployment of 5G networks across India.
In addition to this, they would also be collaborating to enable a wide array of use cases, that includes 5G Fixed Wireless Access. Designed to deliver broadband connectivity at Gigabit speeds to homes and businesses as well. This collaboration of both these companies could also aim to allow a faster rollout of broadband services and be cost-effective at the same time as well.
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