Israeli Ceragon wins E-band radio contract with Airtel for 5G deployment, Telecom News, ET Telecom

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NEW DELHI: Israeli telecoms equipment maker Ceragon Networks said on Tuesday the company has struck a wireless multiband radio solutions deal with India’s Bharti Airtel for the latter’s 5G rollout.

Ceragon will provide its E-band radio, IP-50E and vendor-neutral technology to Airtel as part of the deal to improve its network capacity, according to a statement.

The E-band radio is supposed to offer a high capacity of 20 Gbps. Ceragon offered the IP-50E as an alternative to fiber for front-end access, trunking or wireless access needs.

“Ceragon and Airtel successfully conducted real-world tests in multiple cities which yielded fantastic results and led Bharti to place initial orders,” the statement added.

However, no details of the transaction were disclosed.

Airtel has launched its “5G Plus” network in eight cities, including New Delhi, Mumbai, Varanasi and Kolkata, with pan-India coverage expected in 2023.

Next-generation 5G telecommunications services have been launched, promising lightning-fast gaming, enhanced virtual reality, high-resolution video and efficiency-enhancing communication as businesses adapt to post-pandemic flexible workplaces.

The telecom company has awarded 5G equipment contracts worth $2.5 billion to Finland’s Nokia, Sweden’s Ericsson and South Korea’s Samsung to roll out its fifth-generation network.

“Ceragon has been a long-time partner of Airtel and we are pleased to extend this association where Ceragon will now provide us with the E-band and multi-band vendor-neutral radio solutions,” said Randeep Sekhon, CTO of Airtel.

“The introduction of high-capacity, low-latency 5G in India will unlock countless opportunities for business growth and play a vital role in enabling Airtel’s Content Delivery Network (CDN). Ceragon’s field-tested IP-50E, with its unique vendor-neutral multi-band capability, will form the backbone of Airtel’s ultra-high-capacity 5G transport network,” added Doron Arazi, CEO of Ceragon.

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