Indian cellco Bharti Airtel is ready to offer 5G Standalone (SA) for certain enterprise use cases and will be made available to retail customers once the ecosystem matures, the Economic Times writes, citing CTO Randeep Sekhon. The official explained that Airtel’s 5G network is ‘SA ready’ but ‘only for enterprise use cases where they need network slicing and ultra low latency capabilities’. Regarding the retail segment, the official stated that 5G SA would not be offered to the wider public for now as ‘this is not yet an ubiquitous mature technology and is a little ahead of its time … [but] when the ecosystem matures, we’ll shift’.
The official added that a 5G-based fixed wireless broadband service is also in the works and that the cellco is developing a pricing strategy for the offering for retail and enterprise customers. Airtel plans to launch the service once it is ready for mass adoption and will target urban areas where fibre is unavailable, as well as in tier 2 cities where demand is growing.