Airtel partners Cisco for network upgrade

10 Mar 2020

Indian cellco Bharti Airtel has partnered with US vendor Cisco to overhaul its network to address growing demand for mobile data services and to enable new B2B and B2C services. Cisco describes the new system as ‘IP over Ethernet over Fiber’ and claims that the network upgrade will be ‘the largest hyper-complex brownfield network transformation of its kind in India’. The solution will integrate Cisco IP and optical solutions along with segment routing to more easily extend services in rural communities, the vendor added.

Commenting on the upgrade programme, Airtel CTO Randeep Sekhon was quoted saying: ‘Our ongoing collaboration with Cisco is critical in helping us to be 5G-ready, collapsing multiple legacy domains to build a flatter, simpler and automated network with more bandwidth to support internet services and the endless growth in consumer and business applications people rely on every day.’

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