Bharti Airtel: They are ready to take on Reliance Jio in its quest to build its own 5G virtualized radio access network (vRAN) in India. The company which is run by Sunil Mittal is working with the United States-based Altiostar. The company plans to test its own 5G network RAN software architecture as soon as the trial spectrum is provided to the company by the government.
Bharti Airtel is also talking with the Tech Mahindra Company who is also one of the shareholders in Altiostar to play the role of integrator In harmonizing software and hardware bought from different dealers.
Recently, Bharti Airtel has deployed a 4G vRAN network in the major cities of India and it becomes the first company to deploy the vRAN based 4G network.
Now, the company is planning to develop open vRAN based 4G and 5G cases use, services, and applications on its network.
If we believe Altiostar, it says that an open vRAN 5G system will provide a seamless evolution to the 5G network while working on a 4G architecture. The idea is that the implementation of cloud-based open vRAN technology will play a significant role in Slicing the network to Bharti Airtel networks.
Randeep Sekhon, Bharti Airtel CTO said that the open vRAN network will provide an innovative breakthrough to the company and is essential for the deployment of next-generation technologies.
Ashraf Dahod, president and CEO, Altiostar said that the collaboration with Bharti Airtel is great through their network they can demonstrate the innovation that open vRAN networks are providing to the industry.
He also added that India is a mobile-first market that leads the world in Internet data consumption. So it becomes important for Airtel to provide consumer exceptional experiences and through our open vRAN network, airtel can maintain its mission.
Now, Bharti Airtel on its part is fully ready to test its first open vRAN 5G network and waiting for a nod from the government.