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BENGALURU (Reuters) – India’s Bharti Airtel said on Tuesday it would collaborate with US chipmaker Qualcomm (NASDAQ 🙂 for 5G services for the world’s second-largest wireless market. The country’s second telecommunications operator will use Qualcomm’s Radio Access Network platform, which runs cloud services, to deploy 5G networks in the country, it said in a statement to stock exchanges. India has yet to auction off 5G airwaves, while telecom service providers globally are locked in a race to roll out 5G, which promises internet speeds up to 20 times faster than existing networks. Meanwhile, Airtel’s rival Jio has said it has built an internal 5G solution and is ready to roll out services as soon as radio waves are available. Jio’s parent company, Reliance Industries, raised about $ 97 million from Qualcomm’s investment arm last year for its digital unit that houses Jio.