Airtel and Cisco to build 5G-ready IP network

Cisco has signed with Airtel to build India’s largest 5G-ready, IP-based fully automated network to deliver enhanced subscriber experiences and offer world-class high-speed mobile access for its customers across the country.

Airtel partners with Cisco Customer Experience to transform its network to extend reach, reliability and scalability that greatly enhances its customers’ experiences, extends IP services to even deep rural markets and importantly, lay a solid foundation for evolution towards 5G. The network architecture is based on open network standards to simplify adoption by other operators, thereby enabling mobile access to more people throughout India.

Airtel’s IP-based network architecture will enable new functionality, including segment routing, traffic engineering and ethernet VPN that helps ensure seamless interoperability and the ability to leverage existing investments in its MPLS-TP network.

The fully-automated IP network architecture will also give Airtel the ability to enhance its services to SMBs and enterprises in urban centers and rural communities, including key growth verticals such as smart cities, IoT, utilities, manufacturing, agriculture and retail.

“As part of Project Leap, Airtel has built a world-class network that is ready to serve the explosive growth in high speed data services in a market with over one billion subscribers,” said Randeep Sekhon, CTO, Bharti Airtel.

“Partnering with Cisco will help us transform our network architecture to enhance customer experiences while concurrently preparing for 5G and the era of connected things,” added Sekhon.

“Cisco and Airtel share a vision for simplification through automation, and are working closely to define mobile networking best practices that will support its growth plans,” said Jonathan Davidson, senior vice president and general manager, Service Provider Business, Cisco.

“With today’s announcement, Airtel is marking key milestones in its network architecture transition to prepare the company for greater reach and scale and deliver quality services to mobile users in India- no matter their location,” added Davidson.


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