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.
Airtel, one of the most popular network brands in Punjab, that covers 99.89% of the population, is looking to improve network speed by deploying a new 25MHz spectrum. 20MHz will be deployed in the 2300MHz band and 5MHz in the 1800MHz band, giving Airtel lead in both the bands. With this new deployment, Airtel has the largest spectrum bank of 65MHz in the state. Pre-5G massive MIMO, 4G advanced Carrier Aggregation have also been deployed.
iBus Networks, a Morgan Stanley Infrastructure fund-backed firm, has acquired Ubico Networks for Rs 100 cr to become one of the largest neutral in-building and in-campus network coverage providers in the country. It deploys IBS infrastructure across 233 commercial and retail sites and helps telcos improve network capacity and coverage. Morgan Stanley, recently, had invested Rs 150 cr in the Bengaluru-based firm to fund its inorganic growth.
Nokia has upgraded Ooredoo Aleria’s network with a cloud-native Core software deployment. The up-gradation will help Ooredoo Algeria to an efficient, cloud-based network, with near zero-touch automation capabilities which will enable it to meet the demand of greater bandwidth. In addition to Nokia’s Cloud Packet Core Cloud Mobile Gateway, the AirFrame cloud infrastructure has also been deployed to enable the telco in serving apps that demand low latency and high-speeds.
Bharti Group-backed UK based OneWeb had received $1.4bn funding from SoftBank Group and Hughes Network to help it launch a first-gen 648 satellites fleet, by the end of 2022. In Dec 2020, it launched 36 new satellites, built at its Airbus plant, bringing its total fleet to 110 satellites, all fully-functioning and benefiting from ITU spectrum priority. OneWeb put forward its proposals to the IN-SPACe to open up space business along with AWS and 22 other firms in India.
1. Network domain: Huawei has proposed the concept of intelligent connectivity, aiming to deliver a hyper-automated network. 2. Computing domain: Huawei says it aims to provide diverse computing powers to the customers. 3. Decoupling software from hardware to adapt its compute to different processing needs. 4. AI domain: Huawei aims to better integrate AI into the major business systems of governments and enterprises. 5. Cloud service domain.
DigiCert Inc appended new sets of features into IoT Device Manager. It enables telecom providers to deploy 5G network services to cloud environments while maintaining security, performance and legal compliance. As firms increasingly move to a dynamic model, the IoT Device Manager ensures flexibility and scalability of 5G deployment and cloud migration. Hosted on DigiCERT ONE platform, this product supports firms to boost their digital transformation.