Telecom giant Bharti Airtel and Tata Group today announced a strategic partnership for the implementation of 5G network solutions for India. As part of the partnership, Airtel will pilot and deploy the indigenous solution as part of its 5G rollout plans in India. The pilot will start in January 2022 as per the guidelines formulated by the Government of India.
Tata Group has developed a ‘state of the art’ O-RAN based Radio & NSA/SA core integrating a totally indigenous telecom stack leveraging the Group’s capabilities and that of its partners. The O-RAN based Radio will be available for commercial deployment starting January 2022.
Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) will additionally bring its global system integration expertise and help align the end-to-end solution to both 3GPP and O-RAN standards as the network and equipment are increasingly embedded into software.
Tata’s ‘Made in India’ 5G product and solutions are aligned to global standards and inter-operate with other products based on standard open interfaces and those defined by the O-RAN Alliance. Tata’s 5G solutions once commercially proven in Airtel’s network will open export opportunities for India.
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.”