Bharti Airtel collaborating with SK Telecom to develop 5G technology

India —

Bharti Airtel has entered into an strategic alliance with SK Telecom to leverage SK Telecom’s expertise to build the advanced telecom network and together work in developing 5G network technology, NFV, SDN, and IoT.

Airtel and SK Telecom will work to evolve standards for 5G, NFV, SDN and IoT, and jointly work towards building an enabling ecosystem for the introduction of these technologies in the Indian context.

“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 Mittal, chairman, Bharti Airtel, said in the statement.

Vendors such as Huawei, ZTE, Nokia and Ericsson are betting high on new technology and initiating field trials together with some of the leading mobile service carriers worldwide such as AT&T, China Mobile, SoftBank, China Unicom and Vodafone.

Mittal recently said that East Asian nations — China, Japan and Korea would lead fifth-generation or 5G technology rollouts worldwide and India, according to him was closely eyeing region’s technological advancements.

“With SK Telecom’s clear and undisputed leadership in technology, this is one partnership that will decisively change the game in India and put the country at par with the most advanced broadband nations in the world,” Mittal added.

“SK Telecom will work closely with Bharti to achieve new network innovations so as to deliver a greater value to Bharti’s customers,” Park Jung-ho, President and CEO of SK Telecom said.