INDIA: Bharti Airtel (“Airtel”), India’s premier communications solutions provider and
Tata Group, today announced a strategic partnership for implementing 5G networks
solutions for India.
Tata Group has developed a ‘state of the art’O-RAN based Radio&NSA/SA Coreand has
integrated a totally indigenous telecom stack,leveraging the Group capabilities and that of
its partners. This will be available for commercial development starting Jan 2022.
Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) brings its global system integration expertise and helps align
the end-to-end solution to both 3GPP and O-RAN standards, as the network and equipment
are increasingly embedded into software.
Airtel will pilot and deploy thisindigenous solution as part of its 5G rollout plans in India and
start the pilot in January 2022, as per the guidelines formulated by the Government of India.
These ‘Made in India’ 5G product and solutions are aligned to global standards, and inter-
operate with other products based on standard open interfaces and those defined by the O-
RAN Alliance. The 5G solutions, once commercially proven in Airtel’s diverse and brownfield
network will open export opportunities for India, which is now the second largest telecom
market in the world.
Gopal Vittal, MD & CEO (India and South Asia) Bharti Airtel said, “We are delighted to join
forces with the Tata Group to make India a global hub for 5G and allied technologies. With
its world-class technology ecosystem and talent pool, India is well positioned to build
cutting edge solutions and applications for the world. This will also provide a massive boost
to India becoming an innovation and manufacturing destination.”
N. Ganapathy Subramaniam from theTata Group/ TCS said, “As a Group, we are excited
about the opportunity presented by 5G and adjacent possibilities. We are committed to
building a world-class networking equipment and solutions business to address these
opportunities in networking space. We are pleased to have Airtel as our customer in this
Airtel is a Board member of the O-RAN Alliance and is committed to explore and implement
O-RAN based networks in India. Earlier this year, Airtel became the first telecom company in
India to demonstrate 5G over its LIVE network in city of Hyderabad. The Company has
started 5G trials in major cities using spectrum allocated by the Department of Telecom.
The Tata group's telecom and media enterprises cater to the communication requirements
of global business houses to SMEs, and from wholesale to home networks. Tata Consultancy
Services Limited (TCS) is a member of the O-RAN Alliance.
Headquartered in India, Airtel is a global communications solutions provider with over 471 mn customers in 18
countries across South Asia and Africa. The company ranks amongst the top three mobile operators globally
and its networks cover over two billion people. Airtel is India’s largest integrated communications solutions
provider and the second largest mobile operator in Africa. Airtel’s retail portfolio includes high speed 4G/4.5G
mobile broadband, Airtel Xstream Fiber that promises speeds up to 1 Gbps with convergence across linear and
on-demand entertainment, streaming services spanning music and video, digital payments and financial
services. For enterprise customers, Airtel offers a gamut of solutions that includes secure connectivity, cloud
and data centre services, cyber security, IoT, Ad Tech and cloud based communication. For more details visit
About Tata Group
Founded by Jamsetji Tata in 1868, the Tata group is a global enterprise, headquartered in India, comprising 30
companies across 10 verticals. The group operates in more than 100 countries across six continents, with a
mission 'To improve the quality of life of the communities we serve globally, through long-term stakeholder
value creation based on Leadership with Trust’. Tata Sons is the principal investment holding company and
promoter of Tata companies. Sixty-six percent of the equity share capital of Tata Sons is held by philanthropic
trusts, which support education, health, livelihood generation and art and culture. In 2017-18, the revenue of
Tata companies, taken together, was $110.7 billion. These companies collectively employ over 700,000 people.
Each Tata company or enterprise operates independently under the guidance and supervision of its own board
of directors. There are 28 publicly-listed Tata enterprises with a combined market capitalisation of about
$145.3 billion (as on March 31, 2018). Companies include Tata Consultancy Services , Tata Motors , Tata
Steel , Tata Chemicals , Tata Global Beverages , Titan , Tata Capital , Tata Power , Tata Advanced Systems , Indian
Hotels and Tata Communications. For more details visit www.tata.com