Airtel To host O-RAN Alliance Global PlugFest 2021 in India

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The India edition of the O-RAN Alliance Global PlugFest 2021 is hosted by Airtel, with participation from a number of tech companies, highlighting the growing maturity of the O-RAN 5G ecosystem. This year’s PlugFest India site includes AMI, ASOCS, Capgemini Engineering, Cisco, Intel, IP Infusion, Keysight Technologies, Mavenir, Sercomm, STL, TCS, VIAVI Solutions, VMware, and VVDN.

Bharti Airtel (“Airtel”), India’s premier communications solutions provider, presented the O-RAN ALLIANCE Global PlugFest 2021 in India in conjunction with key global and Indian technology businesses. The event took place at Airtel’s cutting-edge Network Experience Centre in Manesar (Gurugram), India.

Airtel organised the O-RAN ALLIANCE Global PlugFest for the second time in India. This year’s event saw a larger turnout from the global O-RAN community. AMI, ASOCS, Capgemini Engineering, Cisco, Intel, IP Infusion, Keysight Technologies, Mavenir, Sercomm, STL, TCS, VIAVI Solutions, VMware, and VVDN were among the companies that joined Airtel.

“We are thrilled to be leading the O-RAN initiative in India and bringing together technology companies who share our vision of building an open, intelligent, cloud-based RAN ecosystem. The enthusiastic response to the event underscores the growing maturity of O-RAN and the global conviction towards this movement. The learnings from this Plugfest will further accelerate the journey to ‘Make in India’ O-RAN based 5G solutions that can be deployed widely across India and the rest of the world,”

Randeep Sekhon, CTO, Bharti Airtel said.

Airtel has been a member of the O-RAN ALLIANCE Board of Directors from its inception, and it currently represents a global community of over 300 telecom operators, vendors, and research and academic institutions colla

borating in a transparent manner to establish a sustainable open RAN environment. The O-RAN ALLIANCE Global PlugFest gives the global O-RAN community a place to integrate and test O-RAN-based systems, including 5G and 4G, on a single platform.

Airtel was the first operator in India to commercially implement a virtual RAN system based on the O-RAN ALLIANCE’s disaggregated and open architecture. It is committed to advancing open RAN solutions by partnering with a number of disruptive and innovative companies to help them build solutions that can handle the scale and complexity of its network, as well as the networks of other established operators around the world. Airtel has already announced significant agreements with Intel, Qualcomm, and Tata Group/TCS to develop a 5G solution based on O-RAN that is “Made in India.”

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