NEW DELHI: Sunil Mittal-driven Bharti Airtel Friday launched India’s first Telecom Infra Project (TIP) community lab, and has become an early member of a worldwide initiative.
“Airtel is amongst the early members of TIP – a global initiative founded by Facebook, Deutsche Telekom, Intel, Nokia and SK Telecom to create a new approach to building and deploying telecom network infrastructure,” the Gurugram-based telco in a statement 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,” Abhay Savargaonkar, Director – Networks (India & South Asia) at Bharti Airtel said.
TIP is an engineering-focused initiative driven by operators, suppliers, integrators, and startups, established in February 2016 to disaggregate the traditional network deployment approach.
India’s market leader, according to Savargaonkar is also looking to collaborate with other TIP members in creating innovative network infrastructure solutions for the future, and quickly and cost-effectively expand the reach of its networks to serve customers with exciting and disruptive solutions.
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Airtel is demonstrating its commitment to TIP’s efforts by converting a part of its engineering centre for Network Excellence in Manesar close to Gurgaon in Haryana, and it aims to utilise its facility by TIP project group members to create innovative solutions for telecom networks.
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“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,” Axel Clauberg, TIP Chairman and Vice President, Technology Innovation, Deutsche Telekom AG said.