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Airtel turns to Tejas Networks for optical expansion

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Bharti Airtel is to enhance its optical network capacity in key metropolitan markets with Tejas Networks.

Under the terms of the contract, Tejas Networks will supply and install its multi-terabit TJ1600 DWDM/OTN products to take Airtel’s optical networks towards the edge and support 5G backhaul, B2B services and broadband applications.

Bharti Airtel CTO Randeep Sekhon 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.”          

Bharti Airtel, which earlier this year restructured its business into four units, is also working with Intel to develop 4G and 5G virtualised radio access network (vRAN) and open radio access network (RAN) technology.

Meanwhile it has been a busy 2021 for Tejas Networks, which received a US$250 million investment from Tata Communications in July. The vendor has recently announced contract wins in Mexico and Zimbabwe.  

Commenting on the optical network expansion with Airtel, Sanjay Nayak, MD and CEO of Tejas Networks said the contract will "augment Airtel’s metro network capacity right up the network edge".

He added: “We are happy to see that our TJ1600 platform, with its 'pay-as-you-grow' modular design supporting 100Gbps to 600Gbps wavelengths and a universal OTN/DWDM architecture offering advanced bandwidth expansion and optimisation, is gaining significant traction among leading telecom service providers around the globe.”