Airtel selects Ericsson for 5G-ready Cloud Packet Core deployment

17 Oct 2019

Swedish vendor Ericsson has been selected to deploy its 5G-ready Cloud Packet Core in Bharti Airtel’s pan-India core network. Announcing the contract in a press release, Ericsson said that Airtel would benefit from its packet core network applications and functions, with the deployment – which will enhance capacity in Airtel’s network and enable the network to address the rapidly growing demand for high-speed data services – to consist of solutions including the ETSI-standard compliant Ericsson virtual Evolved Packet Gateway (vEPG).

Commenting, Bharti Airtel’s chief technical officer, Randeep Sekhon, said: ‘The Indian telecom market is witnessing massive surge in data usage. To address this demand and evolving consumption patterns, we are investing in innovative technologies and solutions to enable a superlative data experience for our customers in India. Ericsson is one of our key network partners and this deployment will help us enhance our packet core network which will not just scale up data capacity, but also make us edge cloud ready.’

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