Airtel has joined hand with Qualcomm Technology to offer 5G services in India. Airtel and a US-based chipmaker Qualcomm unveiled a new collaboration. As a result, Airtel will use the Qualcomm Radio Access Network (RAN) technology in India.
This advancement comes shortly after Airtel became the first Indian company to showcase 5G over a LIVE commercial network in Hyderabad.
In addition, the company announced that Airtel and Qualcomm Technologies would work together for 5G Fixed Wireless Networking, Gigabit-speed broadband service to homes and businesses. This would also make it possible to facilitate the roll-out of broadband networks in the country.
“Through Airtel’s network vendors and device partners, Airtel will utilise the Qualcomm 5G RAN Platforms to roll out virtualized and Open RAN-based 5G networks.
Airtel, as a board member of the O-RAN Alliance, is committed to driving the success of O-RAN and is working with Qualcomm Technologies to explore and implement the O-RAN approach for 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,” Says Airtel.
“There is a compelling case to accelerate the roll-out of 5G networks in India, as it will help fast-track the country’s socio-economic growth and development.
We are pleased to be working with Airtel, and we are excited by the opportunity ahead. This collaboration is expected to play a critical role in Airtel’s plans to add 5G network coverage and capacity where and when it is needed the most”, said Qualcomm India while announcing the partnership with Airtel to provide 5G service in India.
let us remind you that Reliance Jio is also working to bring 5G services to India. In December 2020, the Chairman of Reliance Industries Mukesh Ambani had announced that Reliance Jio will launch the 5G service in the second half of 2021 in India.
Internet users in India still waiting for the 5G service and asking when will we get that. It seems in 2021, Indian users will get 5G services.