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.
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.
“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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