Airtel partners with Qualcomm for 5G services in India


Communication solutions provider Bharti Airtel and Qualcomm Technologies Inc on Tuesday announced a collaboration to accelerate fifth generation (5G) in India.

Recently, Airtel became the first telecom operator in India to demonstrate 5G on a live commercial network in Hyderabad. The company will use Qualcomm 5G Radio Access Network (RAN) platforms to deploy RAN-based, virtualized and open 5G networks.

A recent TRAI report showed Airtel added 4.05 million wireless subscribers as of December 2020, maintaining its top spot in monthly subscribers.

Airtel said that the flexible and scalable 0-RAN architecture will create new opportunities for small and medium-sized businesses to become viable players in the deployment of 5G networks.

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In addition, Airtel and Qualcomm Technologies will collaborate to enable a wide range of use cases, including 5G Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) which is designed to provide high-speed connectivity at gigabit speeds to homes and businesses.

This collaboration also aims to enable faster deployment of broadband services cost-effectively and rapidly across India for the last mile connectivity challenges that are becoming increasingly important in remote and mobile society first.

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“With Airtel’s integrated services portfolio and Qualcomm Technologies’ 5G leadership, we will be well positioned to bring India into the next era of super-fast, ultra-low latency digital connectivity,” said Randeep Sekhon, chief technology officer at Bharti Airtel.

Rajen Vagadia, Vice President of Qualcomm India, said that there is a compelling argument to accelerate the deployment of 5G networks in India as it will help accelerate the country’s socio-economic growth and development.

“We are excited about the opportunity that lies ahead. This collaboration should play a vital role in Airtel’s plans to add 5G network coverage and capacity where and when it is needed most,” he said. -he declares.

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