Airtel and SK Telecom to jointly work for 5G, NFV, SDN and IoT

Photo: Sunil Bharti Mittal, Chairman - Bharti Airtel with Park Jung-ho, President and CEO - SK Telecom

Bharti Airtel and SK Telecom, a world leader in building cutting edge networks has announced a strategic partnership under which the two will jointly work for 5G, NFV, SDN and IoT.

The two companies will also collaborate on an on-going basis to evolve standards for 5G, Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), Software-defined Networking (SDN) and Internet of Things (IoT), and jointly work towards building an enabling ecosystem for the introduction of these technologies in the Indian context.

Airtel will leverage SK Telecom’s expertise to build the most advanced telecom network in India.

The partnership will work across several areas including developing software to dramatically improve network experience, leveraging advanced digital tools including machine learning, big data and building customized tools to improve network planning based on every customer’s device experience.

Sunil Bharti Mittal, Chairman, Bharti Airtel said, “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.”

“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,” added Sunil Bharti Mittal.

“SK Telecom is delighted to announce a strategic partnership with Bharti Airtel, a global leading mobile operator,” said Park Jung-ho, President and CEO of SK Telecom.

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


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