Airtel ties up with Qualcomm for 5G services in India
On Tuesday, Indian telecom operator Bharti Airtel confirmed that it would join hands with US chipmaker Qualcomm for 5G services in the country.
Bharti Airtel is India’s second largest telecom operator. The company is all set collaborate with US chipmaker Qualcomm to roll out 5G services in India. Airtel said in a statement that it will use Qualcomm’s Radio Access Network (RAN) platform, which runs services on the cloud, to roll out virtualized and open RAN-based 5G networks in the country.
India is yet to auction 5G airwaves. The bidding for the auction will commence on March 1. However, the telecom service providers globally are already locked in a race for 5 G rollout. The roll out promises 20 times faster internet speed than the existing networks.
Airtel’s rival Jio informed that it had built an in-house 5G solution. Jio claims to be ready to roll out services as soon as airwaves are made available. Last year, Jio’s parent company, Reliance Industries, raised about $97 million from Qualcomm’s investment arm for its digital unit that houses Jio.