Airtel on Tuesday mentioned it will collaborate with Qualcomm to roll out 5G services in India. Airtel mentioned it will use Qualcomm’s 5G RAN platforms to roll out virtualized and open RAN-based 5G networks.

The announcement comes days following the telco demonstrated 5G more than a live industrial network in Hyderabad. Airtel is India’s second-biggest telecom operator.

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In a statement offered out to the media, the telco mentioned as a board member of the O-RAN Alliance, it was committed to driving the results of O-RAN and was working with Qualcomm to discover and implement the O-RAN strategy for India.

The strategy will additional aid produce new possibilities for tiny and medium-sized organizations to develop into ‘viable players’ in the deployment of 5G networks, it mentioned.

Airtel mentioned the collaboration with Qualcomm will entail a ‘wide array’ of use situations, like 5G Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) for Gigabit speed broadband connectivity. Though more granular particulars have not been shared, Airtel highlighted how the partnership aims to let more rapidly roll-out of 5G broadband services across India in a price-efficient manner.

“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,” Randeep Sekhon, CTO, Bharti Airtel mentioned.

Arch-rival Jio is also gearing to launch 5G in India as quickly as the spectrum auction comes about. Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) chairman Mukesh Ambani has previously even confirmed a timeline for when this will take place — a thing that Airtel is not committing to, at least at this point of time.

Jio 5G service(s) will be launched in India in the second half of 2021, Ambani had mentioned in the course of his keynote presentation at India Mobile Congress 2020. Jio’s 5G service will be powered by an indigenous-created network, hardware and technologies elements, a move that has not gone down nicely with Airtel even as the telco has known as on India to embrace worldwide requirements.

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