Airtel and Intel today announced to work together to develop a 5G network in India by leveraging Virtualized Radio Access Network (VRN) and Open Radio Access Network (O-RAN) technologies. This collaboration is part of Airtel’s 5G roadmap for India as it transforms its network to allow its customers to realize the full potential of the hyperconnected world. On the other hand, cloud gaming and virtual/augmentation are becoming a part of everyday life since Industry 4.0.
During this, the company said that Airtel is demonstrating 5G on the live network as well as conducting 5G trials in major cities. Airtel will use Intel’s new 3rd gen Xeon® scalable processors, FPGAs and eASICs, and Ethernet 800 Series across its network to build a solid foundation to roll out 5G, mobile edge computing and network slicing on a large scale.
The company said, “As members of the O-RAN Alliance, Airtel and Intel will work together to develop a range of Make in India 5G solutions and enable world-class telecom infrastructure in India through local partners ”
Randeep Sekhon, CTO, Bharti Airtel, said, “Intel’s cutting-edge technology and experience will greatly contribute to Airtel’s mission of serving India with world-class 5G services. We also look forward to working with Intel and domestic companies to unlock India’s potential as a global 5G hub.”
To remind you that earlier this year, Airtel had demonstrated 5G using liberalized spectrum in the 1800MHz band. At the same time, last week Airtel’s 5G network was currently live in Mumbai after the cyber hub of Gurugram. Not only this, during the Airtel trial, the speed of its 5G network was seen in excess of 1Gbps. This is more than the speed available on 4G network in the country.