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Airtel Ties Up With Qualcomm For 5G Services In India

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A man wearing a protective face shield cleans a Bharti Airtel logo inside its store.

Bengaluru:

Bharti Airtel said on Tuesday it would collaborate with US chipmaker Qualcomm for 5G services in the country.

The country’s No. 2 telecom operator will use Qualcomm’s Radio Access Network platform, which runs services on the cloud, to roll out 5G networks in the country, it said in a statement to stock exchanges.

India is yet to auction 5G airwaves, while telecom service providers globally are locked in a race for 5G roll out, which promises internet speeds up to 20 times faster than existing networks.

Meanwhile, Airtel rival Jio has said it has built an in-house 5G solution and is ready to roll out services as soon as airwaves are made available.

Jio’s parent, Reliance Industries, last year raised about $97 million from Qualcomm’s investment arm for its digital unit that houses Jio.

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