Bharti Airtel today announced a partnership with Intel to develop its 5G network using VRN / O-RN technology. The partnership will be part of the 5G roadmap for India, which will allow its customers to use technologies such as Industry 4.0, Cloud Gaming and VR / AR as a daily experience, the company said.
Under the partnership, Airtel will install Intel’s third-generation Zion scable processors, FPGA, EASIC and Ethernet 800 series across its network to build a solid foundation for wide scale 5G, mobile edge agenting and network slicing.
As members of the Open Radio Access Network (O-RN) alliance, both Intel and Airtel will work closely to develop Make in India 5G solutions. Airtel will take advantage of Intel’s FlexRN to strengthen its 5G foundation.
Intel FlexRN is a reference architecture with both software and hardware components that enable software-based radio base stations to run on general purpose servers located at the edge of the network.
To recall, Airtel was the first telecom operator in India to conduct 5G tests through a live network and is currently conducting 5G trials in major cities in India. They also recently announced a partnership with Tata Sons and Tata Consultancy Services to launch OpenRN 5G solutions in the country.
“Glad to have Intel as part of the fast-growing partner ecosystem for Airtel 5G. Intel’s advanced technology and experience will contribute to Airtel’s mission to serve India with 5G services worldwide. We look forward to working with Intel and its affiliates to unlock India’s potential as a global 5G hub, ”said Randeep Shekhan, CTO, Bharti Airtel.