Airtel, Qualcomm tie up to roll out 5G network in India

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Telecom major Bharti Airtel will collaborate with Qualcomm Technologies to expand and accelerate 5G network in India.

In a statement to the stock exchanges, the telecom major informed that it will use Qualcomm's Radio Access Network (RAN) platform to roll out 5G networks in India. The US chip maker’s RAN runs services on the cloud.

"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 company said.

While India has not auctioned 5G airwaves yes, telecom service providers are aggressively roll out 5G.

“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 said.

Internet speeds increases significantly with 5G network compared to the current networks.

According to an IANS report, Airtel and Qualcomm Technologies will also collaborate to enable a wide range of use cases, including 5G Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) that is designed to deliver broadband connectivity at Gigabit speeds to homes and businesses. This collaboration also aims to allow a faster rollout of broadband services in a cost effective and expeditious manner across India for "last mile" connectivity challenges.