Intel collaborates with Airtel to boost 5G technology network development
Intel and Airtel Announced Collaboration to Drive Development of 4G and 5G Virtualized Radio Access Network (vRAN) and Open Radio Access Network (RAN) technology to transform Airtel networks to take full advantage of 5G for its customers.
Intel and Airtel’s work will evolve fixed-function equipment communication networks to virtualized cloud-native deployments and enable edge-to-cloud communications to power our hyperconnected world.
“Being able to digitally power India’s dynamic population of connected users requires scalable and agile networks that can scale to meet the growing demands of its users. Airtel provides its enhanced next-generation network with a wide range of Intel technologies, including Intel Xeon Scalable processors and FlexRAN software to optimize RAN workloads with built-in intelligence, to scale their infrastructure and deliver on the promise of a connected India, ”said Dan Rodriguez, Intel vice president, Network Platforms Group.
Airtel’s network will be powered by a set of Intel technologies: the latest Xeon Scalable processors, FPGAs and eASICs, the Ethernet 800 series and the FlexRAN reference architecture. Transforming its network to meet the growing needs of its more than 345 million subscribers with a flexible and software-defined infrastructure will allow Airtel to respond quickly to varying customer bandwidth and latency requirements.
By laying the foundation for large-scale enhanced mobile broadband, mobile edge computing and network slicing, Airtel can deliver new services to consumers while programming its network to generate long-term cost optimizations.
Led by affordable smartphones and the world’s lowest data rates, India has the world’s second-largest internet population with over 620 million. The country’s active internet user base is expected to reach 900 million by 2025. The advent of 5G will further deepen digital adoption across a range of industrial and customer use cases.
“Airtel is delighted to have Intel in its expanding ecosystem of partners for 5G,” said Randeep Sekhon, Bharti Airtel CTO. “The advanced technologies and experience of Intel will contribute immensely to Airtel’s mission to serve India with world-class 5G services. We also look forward to working with Intel and local businesses to unlock India’s potential as a global 5G hub. “
The collaboration is part of Airtel’s 5G roadmap for India as it transforms networks to enable its customers to take full advantage of a hyperconnected world where industry 4.0, cloud gaming and reality virtual / augmented become everyday experiences. Airtel is the first telecom operator in India to demonstrate 5G over a live network and is conducting 5G trials in major cities.
As members of the O-RAN Alliance, the two companies will work closely together to develop a range of 5G “Make in India” solutions and build a world-class telecommunications infrastructure in India through local partners. . Open RAN will be a future area of enormous innovation and creativity, leveraging Intel FlexRAN, a benchmark architecture with software and hardware components, and enabling software radio base stations that can run on general-purpose servers located at the edge of the network.