Google in talks with Jio, Airtel for providing internet via light
Following in the footsteps of arch-rival Reliance Jio, India's second-largest service provider, Bharti Airtel, has decided to develop its own technology expertise in 5G, home broadband and the Internet of Things (IoT) through collaboration with local and international firms.
Airtel also hopes to locally manufacture the equipment, according to media reports.
The operator is believed to be in the process of formalizing commercial agreements with its 5G partners. It's likely to partner with several vendors, including Mavenir, Altiostar, Xilinx, NEC and Sercom, in developing its OpenRAN technology.