Bharti Airtel on Wednesday announced that it has signed 5G network agreements with Ericsson, Nokia and Samsung to start 5G deployment in August 2022. Samsung will start from this year. The 5G partnership follows closely on the heels of spectrum auctions conducted by the Department of Telecommunications in India, where Airtel bid for and acquired 19867.8 MHz spectrum in 900 MHz, 1800 MHz, 2100 MHz, 3300 MHz and 26 GHz frequencies. .
“We are happy to announce that Airtel will launch 5G services in August. Our network agreements have been finalized and Airtel will work with the best technology partners around the world to deliver the full benefits of 5G connectivity to our customers. India’s transformation into a digital economy will be telecom-led and 5G presents a game-changing opportunity to drive digital transformation of industries, enterprises and India’s socio-economic development,” said Gopal Vittal, MD & CEO, Airtel said in a statement.
The choice of multiple partners will enable Airtel to roll out 5G services spread across ultra-high-speed, low latency and large data handling capabilities, which will enable an enhanced user experience and connect new, innovative solutions with enterprise and industry customers. Will allow discovery of use cases. Company claims.
“We look forward to supporting Bharti Airtel with the deployment of 5G in India. With Ericsson’s unmatched, global 5G deployment experience, we will help Bharti Airtel deliver the full benefits of 5G to Indian consumers and enterprises, while seamlessly growing the Bharti network from 4G to 5G. 5G will enable India to realize its Digital India vision and drive inclusive growth of the country,” said Borje Ekholm, President and CEO, Ericsson.
In the multi-year deal, Nokia will provide tools from its AirScale portfolio with solutions and services for network management, deployment, planning and optimization services. Airtel will also bring on South Korean major Samsung as a network partner to deploy Airtel 5G. This is the first time the two companies will work together.
Speaking about the partnership, Pekka Lundmark, President and CEO, Nokia, said, “This historic deal strengthens our long-standing partnership with Bharti Airtel. We are delighted that they have chosen Nokia’s best-in-class Airscale baseband and radio portfolio to deliver superior 5G performance across one of the world’s largest networks. I look forward to our continued successful long-term cooperation in this important and dynamic market.”
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