Airtel Ties Up With Qualcomm For 5G Services In India

New Delhi: The country’s second-largest telecom operator, Bharti Airtel, said on Tuesday it will collaborate with US chipmaker Qualcomm to roll out 5G services in India.

The company said it will use Qualcomm’s 5G RAN platforms to roll out virtualized and open RAN-based 5G networks.

Airtel and Qualcomm Technologies will collaborate to enable a wide array 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 that are becoming increasingly important in today’s remote, mobile-first society.

Recently, Airtel became India’s first telco to demonstrate 5G over a live commercial network in Hyderabad. The company will utilise Qualcomm 5G radio access network (RAN) platforms to roll-out virtualised and open RAN-based 5G networks.

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