Bharti Airtel, India’s largest telecommunications company, announced on July 21 that it is working with Intel, an American multinational technology company, to speed up the rollout of the 5G network in India by leveraging virtualized radio access network (vRAN) and O-RAN (open radio access network) technologies. The partnership between the two big companies is expected to significantly improve the country’s 5G network rollout.
Intel and Airtel are working together to transform the communications network from fixed-function equipment to virtualized cloud-native deployments. Edge-to-cloud communications will be able to fuel a hyperconnected society in which industry 4.0, cloud gaming, and virtual or augmented reality become commonplace for customers. According to a statement released by Airtel, the collaboration is part of the telecom operator’s 5G vision for the country.
According to Airtel’s announcement, it will deploy Intel’s latest third-generation Xeon scalable processors, FPGAs, and eASICs, and ethernet 800 series across its network to provide the groundwork for a large-scale 5G network, mobile edge computing, and network slicing.
According to Intel, by laying the groundwork for a large-scale enhanced mobile broadband network with mobile edge computing, Airtel would be able to offer new services to users while programming its network to deliver long-term cost savings.
Both industry titans will collaborate as members of the O-RAN alliance to build a range of indigenous 5G solutions for India, enabling world-class telecom infrastructure through local partners.
According to Airtel, the O-RAN platforms will use Intel FlexRAN, a standard architecture that includes both software and hardware components, to deliver software-based radio base stations that can run on general-purpose servers at the network edge.