Bharti Airtel, the country’s second largest telecom manufacturer, has partnered with US chip maker Cocomcom to roll out 5G services in India. With this partnership, Airtel says that it will use Qualcomm’s 5G RAN platform to open virtualized and 5G networks. This partnership has now made the 5G route easier in India.
Airtel said in a press release that as a board member of the O-Run Alliance, it is committed to implementing the country’s O-Run approach. It also said that O-RN’s flexible and scalable architecture will create new opportunities for small and medium-sized businesses to make 5G networks a strong player.
The partnership between Airtel and COCOCOM is expected to allow rapid rollout of “cost-effective and fast” broadband services across the country. This means that after this agreement, 5G service will be launched across the country soon. A recent TRAI report revealed that Airtel added 3.08 million wireless subscribers in December 2020. Talking about monthly customers, the company is still in the first place.
According to the report, Reliance Jio was adding only 479,000 wireless subscribers. Airtel has beaten Jio in the case of visitor location registers i.e. VRL customers. Airtel has consistently added more customers than any other telecom company. As of December 31, 2020, the company added 4.05 million wireless subscribers to its total wireless subscriber base. Reliance Jio was far behind in terms of adding 4,78,917 customers in December. However, Gionee still holds the maximum market share of 35.43 per cent.