With its 5G network, Bharti Airtel, India’s second largest telecom operator, is poised to lead the metaverse in India. To enable use cases, the telecom giant will rely on relationships with content producers and over-the-top (OTT) companies.
“5G will enable the metaverse, which requires a lot of data. Metaverse needs much faster speeds and needs to be closer to the edge content. Telcos will play an important role,” Randeep Sekhon, chief technology officer at Bharti Airtel, told Economic Times.
He believes that without ‘deeper’ ties to telecom carriers, the metaverse as a concept will fail.
Airtel demonstrated its superfast 5G network on March 25 at its Network Experience Center in Manesar, near Gurugram. The live demo featured a meta avatar of famous cricketer Kapil Dev, as well as some great moments from the 1983 World Cup match. Kapil Dev was also present at the event.