Airtel Partners Qualcomm For Quick 5G Rollout

Airtel Partners Qualcomm For Quick 5G Rollout. Bharti Airtel on Tuesday said it has partnered with American chipmaker Qualcomm Inc. for 5G rollout in India. This comes shortly after Airtel’s demonstration of 5G services in Hyderabad over its live 4G network.

An O-RAN board member, Airtel said it will leverage Qualcomm’s 5G RAN Platforms to rollout virtualized and Open-RAN 5G networks in 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,” an official statement said.

The two companies will additionally collaborate to enable a new array of use cases such as 5G fixed wireless access (FWA) while seeking to allow a faster rollout of broadband services across the country in an affordable manner.

This is Qualcomm’s second partnership with a telco in India. In October 2020, Jio along with its wholly-owned subsidiary Radisys Corporation, in partnership with Qualcomm developed open and interoperable interface compliant architecture based 5G solutions with a virtualized RAN.

Jio and Qualcomm had then achieved over a 1 Gbps milestone on the Reliance Jio 5GNR solution, leveraging the Qualcomm 5G RAN Platforms.

“Airtel has been a pioneer of new technologies and our networks are fully ready for 5G. 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,” said Randeep Sekhon, CTO, Bharti Airtel.

Qualcomm 5G Fixed Wireless Access Platform is said to support any combination of 5G spectrum bands and modes, from extended-range high power sub-6 to extended-range mmWave.

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