Airtel and Qualcomm agreement will enable 5G FWA in India

Airtel and Qualcomm agreement will enable 5G FWA in India

Indian communications solutions provider Bharti Airtel and wireless technology company Qualcomm have announced what they describe as a collaboration for accelerating 5G in India. 

Through Airtel’s network vendors and device partners, Airtel will utilise Qualcomm 5G RAN platforms to roll-out virtualized and open-RAN (O-RAN)-based 5G networks.

The partners point out that Airtel, as a board member of the O-RAN Alliance, is committed to driving the success of O-RAN and is working with Qualcomm Technologies to explore and implement the O-RAN approach for India.

They add that the flexible and scalable architecture of O-RAN will create new opportunities for small and medium-sized businesses to become viable players in the deployment of 5G networks.

In addition, Airtel and Qualcomm Technologies will collaborate to enable a wide array of use cases, including 5G fixed wireless access (FWA) – designed to deliver broadband connectivity at Gigabit speeds to homes and businesses. This collaboration also aims to allow a faster rollout of broadband services in a cost-effective and expeditious manner across India for ‘last mile’ connectivity challenges.

Airtel says that its 5G solutions, including FWA services, will be able to deliver multi-gigabit internet speeds wirelessly to customers and open up a wide range of innovations.

Qualcomm says that its 5G FWA platform supports virtually any combination of 5G spectrum bands and modes, from extended-range high-power sub-6 to extended-range mmWave.

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