Airtel Races Ahead To Launch India’s First Telecom Infra Project (TIP)
Their aim is to decentralize the traditional network deployment methods and encourage new investments in the telecom sector.
In the recent times, Airtel has been in the news for all the right reasons. With their data rollover offers, bundled smartphones, VoLTE rollout and 5G-ready infrastructure, Airtel seems to be in no mood to stop.
Yesterday, Airtel launched India’s first Telecom Infra Project (TIP) Community Lab as a part of their commitment towards the global initiative founded by tech heavyweights from around the world.
The initiative which counts Facebook, Deutsche Telekom, Intel, Nokia and SK Telecom among its founding members is working to create a new, more decentralized approach to build and deploy infrastructure for telecom networks.
Airtel is one of the earliest members on this initiative. As a part of this effort, Airtel is converting a part of its Manesar Engineering Center into a TIP lab.
What Is Telecom Infra Project or TIP?
TIP was founded back in February 2016 to look for and develop new ways to deploy infrastructure for modern telecom networks. This engineering-focused collective is powered by telecoms, infrastructure suppliers, integrators and startups looking to work together on developing new technology and business strategies.
Their aim is also to decentralize or disaggregate the traditional network deployment methods and also encourage new investments in the telecom sector.
Axel Clauberg, TIP Chairman and Vice President, Technology Innovation, Deutsche Telekom AG said,
“We look forward to working with Airtel to establish the first TIP Community Lab in Manesar. Our community is re-imagining traditional approaches to network deployment everywhere, and this lab can accelerate the development of innovative solutions for achieving this goal. TIP members can take advantage of this facility to refine new products, technologies and solutions, from proof of concept, through trials and ultimately deployment,”
Airtel Surging Ahead
From being the first to introduce 3G in India to launching India’s first Telecom Infra Project, Airtel has come a long way. Speaking at the launch Abhay Savargaonkar, Director – Networks (India & South Asia), Bharti Airtel said,
“Having been at the forefront of India’s telecom revolution, Airtel is excited to extend its network innovation facilities to the growing TIP Community Lab program. We look forward to collaborating with other TIP members in creating innovative network infrastructure solutions for the future, and quickly and cost-effectively expand the reach of our networks to serve customers with exciting and disruptive solutions,”
After getting the world’s only VoLTE-exclusive network from Jio, having a TIP in India lab in India is an indicator of India’s progress in the telecom sector on a global scale. It looks like there are some exciting times ahead in this field.