Telecom giant Bharti Airtel has joined hands with domestic telecom gear maker Tejas Networks to expand its optical network capacity in key metros. Under the deal, Tejas will supply, install and support its optical transmission products for extending Airtel’s optical networks towards the edge, supporting 5G backhaul, business-to-business (B2B) services and broadband applications.
“We are delighted to expand our decade-long partnership with Airtel, which has established itself as one of the premier telecom service providers in the world. Under this new contract, we will provide our multi-terabit TJ1600 DWDM/OTN products to augment Airtel’s metro network capacity right up the network edge,” Tejas Networks managing director and CEO Sanjay Nayak said.
“Airtel has been making significant investments in expanding its metro network capacity as part of its 5G readiness and for catering to increased bandwidth consumption by fixed-line and enterprise customers. We are delighted to partner with Tejas in this key network intervention that will enable us to deliver world-class experience to our customers,” said Randeep Sekhon, Chief Technology Officer of Bharti Airtel. Tejas Networks designs, develops and sells high-performance networking products to telecommunications service providers, internet service providers, utilities, defence and government entities in over 75 countries.
Earlier in July, Tata Group acquired a controlling stake in Tejas Networks for nearly Rs 1,890 crore in a multi-step deal. Tata Sons has also inked a 5G deal with Sunil Mittal-led Airtel. According to the deal, the telecom major will pilot and deploy the Tata Group’s locally-developed solutions as part of its 5G rollout plans for India. The Tata Group is also looking to develop its own 5G solution and export it to the global markets.