Bharti Airtel has deployed Altiostar’s open virtual radio access network (vRAN) – solution across multiple major cities in India.

The solution has 5G ready software and would provide seamless evolution to 5G using the same architecture.

The RAN constitutes bulk of the capital and operating costs for mobile network operators. By partnering with Altiostarfor its open vRAN software, Bharti Airtel can facilitate further innovation and cost efficiencies in its radio networks. With cloud-based open vRAN technologies being the cornerstone for network slicing, Bharti Airtel is also setting the foundation for rolling out 5G services, applications and multiple use cases. Altiostar’s open vRAN solution is an innovative architecture and technology for maximising the hardware efficiency, performance and network agility for next generation 5G networks.

Commenting on the development, Randeep Sekhon, chief technology officer (CTO), Bharti Airtel, said, “As a customer obsessed brand, we at Airtel are consistently strengthening our network architecture with innovative technology break-through. An open vRAN is one such solution which is essential for the deployment of next-generation 4G and 5G technologies efficiently as we take mobile broadband to the masses. We look forward to closely working with Altiostar for our vRAN deployment which is a significant aspect of our network strategy.”