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Airtel to setup digital lab in Bengaluru to work on AI, IoT, others


Telecom company Bharti Airtel is setting up a digital lab to work on innovating technologies like Artificial Intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), Video Reality and others.

The new lab will develop a strong in-house technology capability for the company. It will also help the telco to develop and identify new use cases around IoT, according to an ET report.

Through AI technology, the digital telecom major will be able to resolve the customer related issues before the customer start to face it.

The Rs 2,000 crore worth lab will be established under its digital innovation project “Project Next” in Bengaluru over the next three years to bring digital solutions to the market.

As per reports, the platform is also partnering with tech startups to share learnings from the lab and co-create solutions.

The telecom major has already established a team of 550 people for rolling out of the project and plans to house 150 more tech professionals.

Also Read: Airtel, Huawei conduct first ever 5G trial test in India

Airtel has also partnered with Chinese telecom gear maker Huawei for bringing 5G network in the country. Recently, both the companies had conducted trial tests for the next generation network at Airtel’s Network Experience Centre in Manesar, Gurugram, which is considered as India’s first 5G network test.

During the tests, the data speed of over 3 Gbps was achieved, which is the highest for a mobile network in 3.5 GHz band.

Recently, Airtel has also formed an alliance with many global players like OneWeb, Sprint, Delta, GoGo, and Airbus to offer in-flight connectivity for both domestic and international flyers.

The global alliance will provide high-speed, low-latency connectivity seamlessly from the moment a passenger board the aircraft till its landing.

On similar lines, Reliance Jio in collaboration with Samsung Electronics on Tuesday announced to a roll-out of Internet of Things (IoT) network across the country.

The IoT network will support a variety of consumers and enterprises use cases which include vehicles tracking, smart appliances, smart metering, security, and surveillance. Besides, it is also exploring the possibility of working with third-party developers on IoT.

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