Bharti Airtel partners with Mavenir for 5G trials

Bharti Airtel partners with Mavenir for 5G trials

Bharti Airtel has partnered with the US-based Mavenir for open radio access network (Open RAN)-based fifth generation or 5G field trials in the mmWave and mid band at Chandigarh tri-city, reaffirming its commitment to open technology approach.
Airtel is expected to undertake 5G trials with Mavenir in Chandigarh tri-city in coming weeks in the 3500 MHz and millimeter wave (mmWave) bands.
The partnership would further allow the telco to test a vendor-neutral ecosystem.

The alliance between the two includes deployment of captive 5G standalone (SA) and non-standalone (NSA) modes for both core and radio networks in Chandigarh’s urban and rural areas.
Sunil Mittal-driven telco is one of the initial members of O-RAN Alliance since 2018, together with AT&T, Orange, Vodafone Group, China Mobile and Deutsche Telekom, and is spearheading the innovation-driven open architecture. Rival Reliance Jio, an ardent advocate of open technology, is also a member of the Germany-based group.
Telecom players are actively involved in embracing open architecture-based technology to enable faster services. Reliance Jio has partnered with NXP and Qualcomm, while Vodafone group, which operates in India with Aditya Birla group’s Idea Cellular as Vodafone Idea or Vi, has teamed up with Korean Samsung and Japanese NEC.

Open RAN uses off-the-shelf software and hardware components, and brings in more savings in capital investments (capex) and operating expenditures (opex) since it allows deployment of virtualised functions with a dynamic capacity and demand alignment.
Telecom carriers shifting to non-proprietary networks on the back of an estimated total cost of ownership (TCO) savings of upto 35%, would, however, play spoilsport to the dominance of players such as Swedish Ericsson and Finnish Nokia.

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