Bharti Airtel on Tuesday said 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 to provide services on the cloud to roll-up 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 in the race for a 5G roll out, promising 20 times faster internet speeds than existing networks.
Meanwhile, Airtel rival Jio has stated that it has built an in-house 5G solution and is ready to roll out services as soon as airwaves are made available.
Jio’s parents, Reliance Industries, raised about $ 97 million from Qualcomm’s investment arm for its digital unit Jio last year.