According to sources, Bharti Airtel and Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) have teamed up to develop 5G-based remote working technology using robotics. Both companies are currently running the tests at Airtel’s 5G laboratory in Manesar, Haryana.
“Indian companies want to adopt the domestically developed technology for 5G. Airtel and TCS have teamed up for remote robotic operations using 5G. They have successfully run trials in Airtel’s 5G lab, ”a source told PTI.
These solutions will enable remote robotic operations in potentially hazardous environments like mining, oil and gas fields, etc., the source said.
Both companies have an interest in deploying these solutions in industry segments once 5G’s commercial rollout begins, the source said.
When contacting us, TCS declined to comment because they had a period of silence and an e-mail request to Bharti Airtel did not result in a response.
In June, Airtel and TCS announced a strategic partnership to implement 5G network solutions for India.
Tata Group has developed O-RAN (Open Radio Access Network) -based radio and core elements and integrated a fully indigenous telecommunications stack, while Airtel will pilot and deploy this indigenous solution as part of its 5G rollout plans in India.
Open RAN, or Open Radio Access Network Architecture, is an industry terminology for interoperability and standardization of radio access network elements, including products and software from various vendors.
Commercial use of the O-RAN developed by Tata Group should begin in January 2022, but uncertainty remains due to the government’s postponement of the 5G frequency auction plan.
The government has extended the 5G test phase until May 2022.