Samsung Electronics will provide 5G solutions and equipment to Indian telecom giant Bharti Airtel, marking the South Korean tech giant’s first 5G equipment deal from India as the country plans to roll out 5G services after a successful spectrum auction.
Airtel, the world’s fourth largest communication solutions provider by users, is set to launch a 5G network in India in August in partnership with Samsung.
Swedish Ericsson and Finland’s Nokia have also been selected as 5G partners.
Samsung said the deal includes building and maintaining a 5G radio station and providing other services. The value of the deal was not disclosed.
“5G will have a powerful impact on India’s consumers and businesses – taking mobile experiences to a whole new level, offering a range of advanced capabilities and expanding what is possible,” said Cheun, president and head of network business at Samsung Electronics. Kyung-hoon, said in a statement.
“As a global leader in 5G, Samsung is excited to embark on this 5G journey with Airtel to deliver innovative solutions that will help further India’s entrepreneurial spirit and open a new paradigm for the country. ”
India is a huge market with around 1.1 billion users of wireless communication service. Samsung built India’s first 4G LTE network in 2016.
“We are happy to announce that Airtel will launch 5G services in August. Gopal Vittal, CEO, Airtel said in a statement, “Our network agreements have been finalized and Airtel will work with the best technology partners from around the world to ensure that our customers enjoy the full benefits of 5G connectivity.”
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