On Monday, telecommunication firm Bharti Airtel announced a planned partnership with IT services firm Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) for implementing 5G broadband network services in India.
Earlier this year, Airtel became the first telecommunication firm in India to demonstrate 5G over its LIVE network in the city of Hyderabad. According to the partnership, Airtel will test the local solution during its 5G deployment, which will begin in January 2022 as per the guidelines of the Government of India.
Tata Group has developed a ‘state of the art’ O-RAN-based Radio & NSA/SA Core and has integrated a completely indigenous telecom stack, leveraging the Group capabilities and that of its partners. This may be available for commercial development starting January 2022, says the firms.
Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) will bring its global system integration expertise and helps align the end-to-end solution to both 3GPP and O-RAN standards, as the network and equipment are increasingly rooted in the software.
Gopal Vittal, MD & CEO (India and South Asia) Bharti Airtel said, “We are delighted to join forces with the Tata Group to make India a global hub for 5G and allied technologies. With its world-class technology ecosystem and talent pool, India is well positioned to build cutting edge solutions and applications for the world. This will also provide a massive boost to India becoming an innovation and manufacturing destination.”
N. Ganapathy Subramaniam from the Tata Group/ TCS said, “As a Group, we are excited about the opportunity presented by 5G and adjacent possibilities. We are committed to building a world-class networking equipment and solutions business to address these opportunities in networking space. We are pleased to have Airtel as our customer in this initiative.”
“These ‘Made in India’ 5G product and solutions are aligned to global standards and interoperate with other products based on standard open interfaces and those defined by the ORAN Alliance. The 5G solutions, once commercially proven in Airtel’s diverse and brownfield network will open export opportunities for India, which is now the second-largest telecom market in the world,” it said.
As India is now the second largest telecom market in the world after China, so 5G solutions will open export opportunities for our country.