Intel secured a second Indian network transformation contract in as many months, through a deal to provide its virtualised and open RAN technologies to Bharti Airtel.
The pair will look to evolve the operator’s networks from fixed-function equipment to virtualised cloud-native deployments, enabling edge-to-cloud communications.
Bharti Airtel explained in a statement it will use various Intel offerings for its network, to build “a solid foundation for rolling out wide-scale 5G, mobile edge computing and network slicing”.
The operator aims to unlock the benefits of a “hyperconnected” world where Industry 4.0, cloud gaming, AR and VR become “an everyday experience”.
Intel and Bharti Airtel also agreed to jointly develop a range of 5G products under the Make in India government programme, which encourages domestic production and investments in manufacturing.
Bharti Airtel CTO Randeep Sekhon commented the tie-up will contribute “immensely” to the company’s mission to deliver “world-class 5G services”.
In June, Intel united with Reliance Jio for the development of technologies including AI, cloud, and 5G RAN and core equipment.Subscribe to our daily newsletter Back