Indian networking company Airtel and chipmaker Intel have partnered for working towards 5G tech. By leveraging the vRAN and O-RAN technologies, the duo hopes to develop 5G radio, core, cloud, edge, and AI. To roll out 5G at a wide-scale, Airtel will use Intel’s 3rd-gen Xeon Scalable processors, FPGAs, and eASICS, and Ethernet 800 series. Airtel has also partnered with Ericsson, Nokia, Tata sons, and TCS for 5G development and deployment.
Networking company Verizon has signed a deal with Mastercard Inc for using their 5G and wireless tech to build digital payment options. Verizon is looking to utilize 5G smartphones and NFC tech to have contactless checkouts for customers without the need for POS terminals. Automatic checkout, at unattended retail stores, is also in the plan. Verizon is also working with Aifi. The financial details between the three companies have not been disclosed.
Core parts of AT&T’s 5G will be functioning on Microsoft’s cloud. The new generation of networks of AT&T is more software and data center based rather than telecommunication specific gear. Terms of the deal remain undisclosed and it follows the $2bn agreement of 2019. Microsoft will be looking to hire several hundreds of AT&T employees to build Azure for Operators, from its newly acquired tech of AT&T.
L&T Technology Services sign a strategic partnership with Mavenir- a US network software provider. 5G test automation services are the center of the partnership between the two firms. The partnership will also support the cloud-native product roadmap. LTTs aims to increase its market share in the 5G telecom landscape. The company said that the services will be delivered from its Bengaluru campus.
IBM has joined hands with Verizon and Telefonica with hybrid cloud deals for developing edge computing and 5G. IBM Cloud pak has been launched by Big Blue to deploy 5G networks. It will integrate its Telco Network cloud platform with Verizon’s Service Orchestration Platform. The tech giant with Telefonica is building a hybrid cloud platform using AI and blockchain tech to improve customer experience by using NLP.
Rakuten Mobile announced plans to partner with Cisco to use their technology in 5G and IoT services. Rakuten is the first company to deploy network-based Open RAN tech that uses software to run network functions on the cloud, reducing the requirement for physical equipment. The tech will help Rakuten to make its entire network automated, reduce latency, and lower power consumption.
MTNL gets the spectrum for 5G field trials. The state-owned telco will have C-DoT as a technology partner. Together they will conduct the initial trials in the Najafgarh area of Delhi for next the next months. Bharti Airtel has already started 5G trials in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Bengaluru. Jio has applied for trials in Delhi, Mumbai, Gujarat, and Hyderabad. The technology will provide 10 times faster speed than 4G with three times greater spectrum efficiency.
To improve its user experience, Vodafone Idea has partnered up with Cisco to automate its network support to 4G and later on to 5G. The partnership will be working on designing and building a cost-efficient architecture for 4G and 5G networks, cloud, and IoT. Cisco will be deploying its ultra-packer core to Vi’s network architecture. Airtel and Jio have started their 5G trials while Vodafone Idea is yet to begin, but claims its network is ready for 5G.
Samsung has achieved network speed that is 50 times more than 5G in their 6G research. In a company presentation, Samsung announced it had achieved a speed of 5.23 Gbps on a 5G network whereas the speed of their 6G tech is 50 times faster. Samsung expects the completion and commercialisation of 6G by 2028 and mass commercialisation by 2030. Samsung is also exploring XR – a combination of AR, VR, and MR.