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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