Bharti Airtel in partnership with China-based Sercomm, a leading manufacturer and supplier of telecom equipment has launched the world’s first virtual radio access network (vRAN) based time division duplexing (TDD) small cell. Jointly developed by Airtel and Sercomm, the small cell offers a plug-and-play approach for the cloud radio network connection and will deliver enhanced efficiencies.

With split option 2 technology, the distributed unit (DU) utilises various broadband links as a backhaul connecting to the cloud-based radio network. The small cell not only greatly improves operation reliability, but also facilitates a heterogeneous network. Adopting an open, distributed and split RAN architecture, enables an efficient 4G-to-5G upgrade path for Airtel.

Commenting on the development, Randeep Sekhon, chief technology officer (CTO), Bharti Airtel, said, “At Airtel, we are obsessed with our customers and adding value to their lives with our offerings. The introduction of TDD small cells would enable us to further enhance our indoor network connectivity and delight our customers with a superior indoor experience. We are happy to partner with Sercomm for this technology innovation and look forward to working closely with them as we continue building a future ready network.”

Meanwhile, James Wang, chief executive officer (CEO), Sercomm, added, “Sercomm has devoted significant research and development resources in finding innovative solutions to deliver enhanced telecommunication services. Through the collaboration with Airtel, we look forward to continuing technology innovation on the path to revolutionary breakthrough. We are pleased to team up with an industry leader like Airtel in realising a next generation mobile network. Together we will open a new era for telecommunication service.”