Bharti Airtel gets 5G-ready with Ericsson

Bharti Airtel gets 5G-ready with Ericsson

Indian operator Bharti Airtel has selected Ericsson to deploy its 5G-ready Cloud Packet Core in Airtel’s Pan India core network.

The deployment will consist of solutions like Ericsson virtual Evolved Packet Gateway (vEPG) that follow ETSI standards. The deployment, says Ericsson, will enhance capacity in Airtel’s network and enable the network to address the rapidly growing demand for high-speed data services.

Ericsson Cloud Packet Core is built on Ericsson’s virtual Evolved Packet Core (EPC) applications. Ericsson says it is dedicated to supporting customers on a smooth evolution from EPC to dual-mode 5G Cloud Core operations, 5G EPC and 5G Core.

Ericsson says its NFVI solution enables operators to deploy virtual telecom, OSS, BSS, IT and media applications with speed while keeping the total cost of ownership low. The solution, which is evolved with edge computing and container management capabilities, optimizes the uptake of mobile broadband and provides support for network slicing and advanced IoT and enterprise services.

Randeep Sekhon, CTO, Bharti Airtel, noting the massive surge in data usage in the Indian market and the need to address this demand and evolving consumption patterns, said: “This deployment will help us enhance our packet core network which will not just scale up data capacity, but also make us edge cloud ready.”

Nunzio Mirtillo, Head of Ericsson South East Asia, Oceania and India, Ericsson, added: “The deployment of these technologies will help Airtel in meeting the rapidly evolving demands of customers and also enable swift deployment of new use cases and innovative services for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) and Internet of Things (IoT).”

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