Bharti Airtel detailed ambitions to commercially deploy home-grown 5G equipment from January 2022 through a strategic partnership with Tata Group, which claimed to have developed O-RAN Alliance-compliant radio, and non-standalone and standalone core network equipment.
The operator stated it would conduct commercial tests of the Made-in-India 5G equipment on its network, opening the door on export opportunities for the nation.
Airtel explained Tata Group “integrated a totally indigenous telecom stack”, with Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) tapped to align the end-to-end network components covering 3GPP and O-RAN Alliance standards.
Gopal Vittal, MD and CEO for India and South Asia at Airtel, said the tie-up with Tata Group would help make India a global hub for 5G and allied technologies.
Airtel launched 5G trials using 3.5GHz spectrum near its headquarters in the city of Gurugram last week.