Airtel and Qualcomm to collaborate for 5G in India
Bhubaneswar:Bharti Airtel (“Airtel”), India’s premier communications solutions provider,and Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.today announced their collaboration for accelerating 5G in India. Recently, Airtel became India’s first telco to demonstrate 5G over a LIVE commercial network in the city of Hyderabad. Through Airtel’s network vendors and device partners, Airtel will utilize the Qualcomm® 5G RAN Platforms to roll-out virtualized and Open RAN-based 5G networks. Airtel, as a board member of the O-RAN Alliance, is committed to driving the success of O-RAN and is working with Qualcomm Technologies to explore and implement the O-RAN approach for India. The flexible and scalable architecture of O-RAN will create new opportunities for small and medium-sized businesses to become viable players in the deployment of 5G networks.
In addition, Airtel and QualcommTechnologies will collaborate to enable a wide array of use cases,including5G Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) that is designed to deliver broadband connectivity at Gigabit speeds to homes and businesses. This collaboration also aims to allow a faster rollout of broadband services in a cost effective and expeditious manner across India for “last mile” connectivity challenges that are becoming increasingly important in today’s remote, mobile-first society.
Randeep Sekhon, CTO, Bharti Airtel said, “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.” RajenVagadia,Vice President,QUALCOMM India Private LimitedandPresident, Qualcomm Indiasaid, “We are pleased to be working with Airtel, and we are excited by the opportunity ahead. This collaboration is expected toplay a critical role in Airtel’s plans to add 5G network coverage and capacity where and when it is needed the most.”