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In order to allow 5G services in India, Airtel has partnered with Qualcomm

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In the city of Hyderabad, Airtel recently became India’s first telco to demonstrate 5G over a live commercial network.

Bharti Airtel said in a regulatory filing on Tuesday that it has partnered with Qualcomm Technologies to accelerate 5G services in India.

In the city of Hyderabad, Airtel recently became India’s first telco to demonstrate 5G over a LIVE commercial network.
“Airtel will use Qualcomm SG RAN Platforms to roll-out virtualized and Open RAN-based 5G networks through its network providers and system partners. 0-RAN’s versatile and scalable architecture would open up new opportunities for small and medium-sized companies to engage in the rollout of 5G networks, according to the company.

Airtel and Qualcomm Technologies will also partner to support a variety of use cases, including 5G Fixed Wireless Access (FWA), which is intended to provide broadband connectivity at Gigabit speeds to homes and businesses, according to the company.

This partnership also aims to allow for a more cost-effective and timely deployment of broadband services across India in order to resolve “last mile” connectivity challenges, which are becoming increasingly critical in today’s remote, mobile-first society.

“Airtel has been a leader of emerging technology, and our networks are totally ready for 5G,” said Randeep Sekhon, Bharti Airtel’s CTO. We’re ecstatic to have Qualcomm Technologies as a main technology partner in our efforts to bring world-class 5G to India. We will be well suited to usher India into the next age of hyper-fast and ultra-low latency digital connectivity with Airtel’s optimised service portfolio and Qualcomm Technologies’ SG leadership.”


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