Bharti Airtel has Partnered with Intel to Develop 5G Solutions in India

Bharti Airtel will use Intel's newest 3rd generation FPGAs and eASICs, Xeon Scalable CPUs, and Ethernet 800 series throughout its networks in India to create a strong foundation for the deployment of wide-scale 5G services, network slicing, and mobile edge computing.

Bharti Airtel and Intel announced a partnership today to create 5G networks using vRAN and O-RAN technology. The cooperation is part of Bharti Airtel’s 5G ambitions for India, which will see the telecom alter its mobile networks to allow customers to enjoy the full potential of a hyperconnected Earth, from Industry 4.0 to cloud gaming and virtual or augmented reality. Bharti Airtel became India’s first telecom service provider (TSP) to demonstrate the capability of 5G on a live network, and is already undertaking 5G trials in key cities such as Mumbai and Gurgaon.

Bharti Airtel will use Intel’s newest 3rd generation FPGAs and eASICs, Xeon Scalable CPUs, and Ethernet 800 series throughout its networks in India to create a strong foundation for the deployment of wide-scale 5G services, network slicing, and mobile edge computing.

Intel and Bharti Airtel will collaborate as members of the O-RAN Alliance to develop a range of make-in-India 5G technologies and enable world-class telecom infrastructure in India through local partners. The open radio access network (O-RAN) will be a critical sector for businesses since it allows for creativity and significant innovation.

These O-RAN devices will employ Intel FlexRAN, a reference architecture that includes both hardware and software components and allows software-based radio base stations to run on general-purpose servers at the network edge.

According to IAMAI – Kantar Cube, India has the world’s second-largest internet population, with over 620 million users and the lowest data tariffs worldwide. By 2025, the number of active internet users in the nation is anticipated to reach 900 million. Through a variety of industrial and customer use cases, 5G will further increase digital adoption. It’s worth mentioning that Bharti Airtel isn’t the first telecom provider Intel has worked with in India. Intel has also teamed up with Reliance Jio to assist the operator with 5G deployment.