Bharati Airtel ties up with tech giant Intel to accelerate 5G in India: All details are here
“Telecom operator Bharti Airtel on Wednesday announced a collaboration with Intel for 5G network development by leveraging virtual and open radio access network technologies and making indigenous solutions.”
On 21st July 2021, India’s premier Telecom company Bharati Airtel has announced a collaboration with Intel for the development of 5G network by leveraging virtualized radio access network (vRAN) / open radio access network (O-RAN) technologies. And it is the first telecom operator in India to show 5G over a LIVE network in Hyderabad using liberalized spectrum and also it is conducting 5G trials in other major cities. The collaboration is going to be a part of Airtel’s 5G roadmap for India as it will transform its networks to allow the users to reap the full possibilities of the hyperconnected world where Industry 4.0 to cloud gaming and virtual / augmented reality become an everyday experience, as the company said.
About Airtel & Intel:
Airtel is a global communications solutions provider. And with over 471 million customers in 18 countries across South Asia and Africa, the Airtel company ranks amongst the top three mobile operators globally and its networks cover over two billion people. Airtel is India’s largest integrated communications solutions provider and the second largest mobile operator in Africa. Airtel’s retail portfolio includes high speed 4G/4.5G mobile broadband, Airtel Xstream Fiber that promises speeds up to 1 Gbps with convergence across linear and on-demand entertainment, streaming services spanning music and video, digital payments and financial services. For enterprise customers, Airtel offers a gamut of solutions that includes secure connectivity, cloud and data centre services, cyber security, IoT, Ad Tech and cloud based communication. The headquarter of this company is situated in India.
And who does not know about the Intel Corporation which is an American multinational corporation and technology company headquartered in Santa Clara, California, in Silicon Valley. It is the world’s largest semiconductor chip manufacturer by revenue, and is the developer of the x86 series of microprocessors, the processors found in most personal computers (PCs). Incorporated in Delaware, Intel ranked No. 45 in the 2020 Fortune 500 list of the largest United States corporations by total revenue during nearly a decade, from 2007-2016 fiscal years. Intel was founded on July 18, 1968, by semiconductor pioneers Gordon Moore (of Moore’s law) and Robert Noyce, and is associated with the executive leadership and vision of Andrew Grove. The company’s name was conceived as portmanteau of the words integrated and electronics, with co-founder Noyce having been a key inventor of the integrated circuit (microchip).
Airtel will deploy Intel’s latest 3rd gen Xeon Scalable processors, FPGAs and eASICs, and Ethernet 800 series across its network to build a solid foundation for rolling out wide-scale 5G, mobile edge computing and network slicing. It will help the service provider transform its network to meet the growing needs of its 345 million-plus subscribers with flexible, software-defined infrastructure and respond to their varying requirements for bandwidth and latency. It will help Airtel offer new services to consumers while programming its network to yield long-term cost optimizations.
As members of the O-RAN Alliance, Airtel and Intel will work closely for developing a range of Make in India 5G solutions and enabling world-class telecom infrastructure in India through local partners. Open radio access network (O-RAN) will be an area of tremendous innovation and creativity in the coming years.
These O-RAN platforms will leverage Intel FlexRAN, a reference architecture with both software and hardware components, and enable software-based radio base stations that can run-on general-purpose servers located at the network edge.
Airtel is delighted to have Intel as a part of its rapidly expanding partner ecosystem for 5G. Intel’s cutting-edge technologies and experience will contribute immensely to Airtel’s mission of serving India with world-class 5G services. We also look forward to working with Intel and home-grown companies to unlock India’s potential as a global 5G hub,” Randeep Sekhon, CTO Bharti Airtel said in a statement.
Dan Rodriguez, Intel corporate vice president, Network Platforms Group also said, “Being able to digitally power the vibrant population of India’s connected users requires scalable and agile networks that can evolve to address the growing demands of its users. Airtel is delivering their next-generation enhanced network with a breadth of Intel technology, including Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors and FlexRAN software to optimize RAN workloads with embedded intelligence, to scale their infrastructure and deliver on the promise of a connected India.”
This is Intel’s second 5G-related partnership in India. It recently joined hands with Reliance Jio to help the telco with its 5G network development, including in the areas of 5G radio, core, cloud, edge, and artificial intelligence. Last year, Intel’s venture capital unit invested $253.3 million in Jio platforms
Last month Bharti Airtel and Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) entered into a partnership to implement 5G networking solutions for the country. Solutions developed through the collaboration are slated to be available for commercial development starting January 2022. https://www.techcircle.in/2021/06/21/airtel-tatas-partner-to-roll-out-5g-networking-solutions
Around the same time, Vodafone Idea (VIL) too announced a collaboration with networking giant Cisco to simplify and automate its network to support 4G and, in the future, 5G use cases by deploying the latter’s Ultra Packet Core across India. https://www.techcircle.in/2021/06/24/vi-and-cisco-partner-to-improve-4g-5g-user-experience.
It is twenty first century Boss, when every country across the world is continuously breaking previous records and is making a new technological innovation, so why not India? There is no reason because India has also placed its name among the developing countries, and network is the most important attribute for the development and to be connected with the whole world. And as per the details, India has become one of the world’s largest country with over 62 million internet population, and this only happens for its affordable smartphones and the lowest data tariffs globally. It also has been expected by the IAMAI-Kantar Cube report that the country’s active internet consumers can grow up to 900 million by 2025. The advent of 5G will further deepen digital adoption through a range of industrial and customer use cases, the company said.