Airtel hosts O-RAN Alliance Plugfest demonstrating cutting-edge technology

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Bharti Airtel recently hosted O-RAN Alliance Plugfest demonstrating the growing maturity if the O-RAN ecosystem to serve customers through emerging technologies such as 5G.

The company which has been part of the O-RAN Alliance since its inception in 2018 partnered with leading players such as Altiostar, Altran, ASOCS, Mavenir, NEC, STL, VIAVI Solutions, VVDN, and Xilinx to demonstrate the multiple technology use cases including 5G.

“We are committed to evolving our network through an open architecture and are delighted to partner with the O-RAN community. This offers a great opportunity to Indian organizations with innovative hardware, software and services capabilities to build a “’Make in India – O-RAN solution’ – for Indian and global markets.”

Randeep Sekhon, CTO, Bharti Airtel

Testing and integration are crucial for developing a commercially available open RAN ecosystem and that’s why the O-RAN ALLIANCE provides its member companies with an efficient global plugfest framework, which complements the O-RAN specification effort as well as the O-RAN Software Community. The joint, open, and coordinated effort greatly accelerates the technical evaluation of O-RAN solutions and effectively avoids duplication of efforts for all involved parties whether network operators or solution providers,” said Andre Fuetsch, Chairman of the O-RAN ALLIANCE and Chief Technology Officer of AT&T.

Airtel was India’s first operator to deploy a virtual RAN solution based on disaggregated and open architecture defined by the O-RAN ALLIANCE and committed to open RAN solutions by supporting a number of disruptive and innovative partners helping them develop solutions which can address the scale and complexity of its network and that of other operators across the world.

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