Airtel Partners With SK Telecom For 5G Network In India

Bharti Airtel and SK Telecom will work together to evolve standards for 5G network functions virtualization software-defined networking and internet of things

Bharti Airtel and SK Telecom will work together to evolve standards for 5G network functions virtualization software-defined networking and internet of things

Indian telecommunications service provider Bharti Airtel on Wednesday (13 September) has announced a strategic partnership with Korea's SK Telecom to leap frog into being a next generation future ready telecom company.

Bharti Airtel last week alleged that Reliance Jio Infocomm has been misleading the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) through false claims that India's top three telecommunication providers had gained nearly Rs 1 lakh crore in the past five years by not lowering the interconnect usage charge (IUC). It has partnered with Airtel to build the most advanced telecom network in the country. Both the firms will work together towards shaping up and enabling a telecom ecosystem for introduction of such advanced technologies in the Indian context.

SK Telecom announced on September 13 that SK Telecom president Park Jung-ho and Sunil Bharti Mittal, chairman of Bharti Airtel signed a partnership agreement at the Moscone Center in San Francisco of the U.S. where the Mobile World Congress (MWC) America was held.

In a series of tweets, Airtel said its partnership with SK Telecom will create the most advanced telecom network in India and dramatically improve customer experience.

The strategic partnership is expected to give sturdy competition to Airtel's rivals - especially Reliance Jio, which claims to provide the best 4G speed network and offers cheap prices services.

SK Telecom has led the development of the global mobile telecommunications industry by launching CDMA (2G), WCDMA (3G) and LTE-A (4G) for the first time in the world and has been offering up to 500 Mbps 4G speed using carrier aggregation technology.

Bharti Mittal has said, "Airtel has always looked forward to bring in the latest telecom technology to India".

"This partnership will bring a dramatically improved experience to Airtel customers in India by leveraging the expertise of a company that has built one of the best mobile broadband networks in the world", Sunil Bharti Mittal, chairman, Bharti Airtel, said in the statement.

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