Airtel and Qualcomm partner for 5G in India

Telecom operator Bharti Airtel and US chip maker Qualcomm announced on Tuesday a collaboration to accelerate 5G in India. Airtel recently became India’s first telecom company to demonstrate 5G on a live commercial network in the city of Hyderabad, underscoring the company’s technological capabilities.

“Through Airtel’s network providers and device partners, Airtel will use Qualcomm’s 5G RAN platforms to deploy virtualized and Open RAN-based 5G networks. Airtel, as a board member of the O-RAN Alliance, is committed to leading the success of O-RAN and is working with Qualcomm Technologies to explore and implement the O-RAN approach for India, ”according to a company statement.


The flexible and scalable architecture of O-RAN will enable new opportunities for small and medium-sized enterprises to become vital players in the implementation of 5G networks, he added.

Open RAN or open radio access network architecture is the industry terminology for interoperability and standardization of elements of the radio access network, including products and software from various suppliers.

Airtel and Qualcomm Technologies will also collaborate to enable a wide range of use cases, including 5G Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) which is geared towards delivering Gigabit-speed broadband connectivity to homes and businesses. “This collaboration also aims to enable faster deployment of broadband services quickly and cost-effectively across India for last mile connectivity challenges that are becoming increasingly important in today’s remote and mobile society – first, “the statement stressed.

Airtel’s 5G solutions, including FWA services, are expected to deliver multi-gigabit internet speeds wirelessly to customers and open up a host of innovations. For users, 5G’s ultra-fast and low latency will usher in a digital world of “limitless possibilities” such as gigabit-sized file downloads in seconds and 4K video streaming on the go to smartphones and computing devices, immersive technologies such as virtual reality and smart homes. .

Randeep Sekhon, CTO, Bharti Airtel said, “We are delighted to have Qualcomm Technologies as a key technology provider on our journey to launch world-class 5G in India. With Airtel’s integrated services portfolio and Qualcomm’s 5G leadership. Technologies, we will be in a good position to usher India into the next era of hyper-fast, ultra-low latency digital connectivity. ” Rajen Vagadia, Vice President of QUALCOMM India Private Limited and President of Qualcomm India stressed that there is compelling reason to accelerate the rollout of 5G networks in India, as it will help speed up the country’s socioeconomic growth and development. “We are delighted to be working with Airtel and are excited about the opportunity that awaits us. This collaboration should play a vital role in Airtel’s plans to add 5G network coverage and capacity where and when it is most needed,” added Vagadia.

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