Airtel and Intel in pact to accelerate 5G in India

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Bharti Airtel has announced a collaboration with Intel for 5G network development by leveraging vRAN / O-RAN technologies.

The collaboration is part of Airtel’s 5G roadmap for India, the company said in a statement. 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 3rd gen 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. 

“Intel’s cutting-edge technologies and experience will contribute immensely to Airtel’s mission of serving India with world-class 5G services,” said Randeep Sekhon, CTO Bharti Airtel.

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 world-class telecom infrastructure in India through local partners.

Dan Rodriguez, Intel corporate vice president, Network Platforms Group said, “Being able to digitally power the vibrant population of India’s connected users requires scalable and agile networks that can evolve to address the growing demands of its users.”

Led by affordable smartphones and the lowest data tariffs globally, India has the world’s second-largest internet population at over 620 million as per IAMAI – Kantar Cube. The country’s active internet user base is expected to grow to 900 million by 2025.