Telecommunications operator Bharti Airtel said on Tuesday that it will work with US chipmaker Qualcomm to roll out 5G services in India. The country’s second-largest telecom operator said it will use Qualcomm’s 5G RAN platforms to deploy RAN-based, virtualized and open 5G networks. O-RAN’s flexible and scalable architecture will create new opportunities for small and medium-sized businesses to become viable players in the deployment of 5G networks, Bharti Airtel said in a press release.
“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 a cost-effective and rapid deployment of broadband services across India for the ‘last mile’ connectivity challenges that are becoming increasingly important in remote and mobile society. ‘first,’ Bharti Airtel said.
Airtel 5G solutions, including FWA services, will be able to deliver multi-gigabit wireless internet speeds to customers and open up a wide range of innovations. For customers, the ultra-fast and low latency of 5G will open up a digital world of limitless possibilities – downloads of gigabit-sized files in seconds and 4K video streaming on the go to smartphones and computing devices, immersive technologies such as than virtual reality and SMART homes with connected objects, added Bharti Airtel.
“Airtel has been a pioneer in new technologies and our networks are fully 5G ready. We are delighted to have Qualcomm Technologies as a key technology supplier on our journey to deploy world-class 5G in India. With Airtel’s integrated service portfolio and as Qualcomm Technologies’ 5G leader, we will be well positioned to bring India into the next era of super fast, ultra low latency digital connectivity, ”said Randeep Sekhon, technical director of Bharti Airtel in a statement.
Following this development, Bharti Airtel shares traded 0.04% lower at Rs 570.50, underperforming the Sensex which was up 0.2%.