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Airtel dials up SK Telecom for newer tech

13 Septembre 2017

India's leading telecommunications service provider Bharti Airtel on Wednesday announced that it has entered into a strategic alliance with South Korean Telecom operator SK Telecom to build the most advanced telecom network in India.

The two companies made a decision to build SK Telecom's next-generation network management solution for a nationwide telecommunication network in India by 2019.

Terming the partnership a game-changer, Bharti Airtel chairman Sunil Mittal said his company and SK Telecom will also collaborate on an ongoing basis to evolve standards for 5G networking among other technologies.

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).

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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 US where the Mobile World Congress (MWC) America was held.

The capacity to identify, monitor and deliver improvements to the network experience on an individual device basis will be a first in India, helped by SK Telecom's global leadership in this area, Airtel said. This will be a first of it's kind in India, and SK Telecom's technology and expertise will help Airtel to build a better network. As per recent data published by country's telecom regulator TRAI, Jio at present is offering about double the average bandwidth delivered by its closest rivals, Airtel and Vodafone (which is around 18MB per second). Presently, SK Telecom offers up to 500 MBPS 4G speed with their carrier aggregation technology.

Both the companies have pledged to work across several areas which will include developing the bespoke software to enrich the network experience by leveraging the advanced telecom tools from SK Telecom, which will include machine learning, big data and building custom tools.

Airtel dials up SK Telecom for newer tech