Airtel to collaborate with Qualcomm to deliver 5G cellular service in India

Last Updated 23 February 2021, 11:03 IST

Airtel, earlier in the month, conducted a live demo of 5G connectivity in Hyderabad. Now, the company has announced to partner with US-based technology major Qualcomm to scale 5G cellular network across India.

Airtel will use Qualcomm's 5G RAN (Radio Access Network) platforms to roll-out virtualized and Open RAN-based 5G networks for mobile phones.

Additionally, Airtel and Qualcomm will collaborate for more use-cases including 5G Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) that is designed to deliver broadband connectivity at Gigabit speeds to homes and businesses.

“Airtel has been a pioneer of new technologies and our networks are fully ready for 5G. We are delighted to have Qualcomm Technologies as a key technology provider in our journey to roll-out world-class 5G in India. 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,” said Randeep Sekhon, CTO, Bharti Airtel.

With 5G, people will be able to experience super-fast streaming and downloading big full-length movies in ultra HD in just seconds and 4K video streaming on the go across smartphones and computing devices.

It will also come in handy for streaming high-quality virtual reality 3D videos and also with ultra-fast and low latency of 5G, it will help control smart home aka Internet-of-Things gadgets, and also smart vehicles with semi auto-pilot features.

Airtel has revealed that the 5G service will commence soon after the completion of the spectrum auctions in the coming months.

Arch-rival, Reliance Jio has announced to bring super-fast wireless telecommunication service in India in the second half of 2021. Mukesh Ambani-owned company claims to have indigenous technology to offer 5G service.

And, it is planning to develop 5G infrastructure in global regions initially in South Asia, West Asia, and Eastern Europe countries in the coming years.

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(Published 23 February 2021, 10:09 IST)

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