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Airtel, Intel in collaborat­ion to accelerate 5G in India


NEW DELHI: Bharti Airtel is collaborat­ing with Intel for 5G network developmen­t by leveraging VRAN/O-RAN technologi­es.

The collaborat­ion is part of Airtel’s 5G roadmap for India as it transforms its networks to allow its customers to reap the full possibilit­ies of the hyperconne­cted world where Industry 4.0 to cloud gaming and virtual/augmented reality become an everyday experience.

Airtel is the first telecom operator in India to demonstrat­e 5G over a LIVE network and is conducting 5G trials in major cities.

Airtel will deploy Intel’s latest third generation Xeon Scalable processors, FPGAS and EASICS, and Ethernet 800 series across its network to build a solid foundation for rolling out wide-scale 5G, mobile edge computing and network slicing.

As members of the O-RAN Alliance, Airtel and Intel will work closely for developing a range of Make in India 5G solutions and enabling worldclass telecom infrastruc­ture in India through local partners.

Open radio access network (O-RAN) will be an area of innovation and creativity in the coming years. These O-RAN plaforms will leverage Intel FLEXRAN, a reference architectu­re with both sotware and hardware components, and enable sotware-based radio base stations that can run-on general-purpose servers located at the network edge.

Randeep Sekhon, CTO - Bharti Airtel said, “Airtel is delighted to have Intel as a part of its rapidly expanding partner ecosystem for 5G. Intel’s cutingedge technologi­es and experience will contribute immensely to Airtel’s mission of serving India with world-class 5G services.”

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