SK Telecom, Airtel form network partnership

Joanna Estrada
September 14, 2017

Within a week of their entry into 4G VoLTE, telecom operator Bharti Airtel today announced a strategic partnership with South Korean telco major SK Telecom to bring 5G to India and build a high speed network throughout the country.

Mittal in a joint conference with SKT said that the company understands the massive traffic that is building on the data networks and the customer pain-points. The two companies will also collaborate on an on-going basis to evolve standards for 5G and advanced technologies like network functions virtualisation (NFV), software-defined networking (SDN) and Internet of Things (IoT), Bharti Airtel said in a statement.

The solution is an outcome of two years of research by 250 engineers from both SK Telecom and SK's affiliated IT service unit SK C&C, the Korean mobile carrier said.

SK Telecom is South Korea's largest telecommunications company with more than 29 million mobile subscribers, which accounts for around 50 per cent of the total market.

SK Telecom will help Airtel to build a mobile network of global standards by identifying, monitoring and delivering all the necessary improvements which will help to enhance the network experience to an individual device basis.

Furthermore, with the aim to achieve early commercialisation of 5G, SK Telecom is aggressively developing key enabling technologies under its 5G roadmap, the company said.

SK Telecom has reduced latency between the handset and base station to 2 milliseconds (ms) over its LTE network - in partnership with Nokia. As per data published by sector regulator Trai, Reliance Jio has been offering about double the speed delivered by its closest rival at around 18 megabit per second.

In a series of tweets, Airtel said its partnership with SK Telecom will create the most advanced telecom network in India and dramatically improve customer experience. Under the alliance, Bharti will leverage SK Telecom's expertise in network technology to optimise its networks in a bid to improve customer experience, use machine learning and big data to measure network quality and experience at customer device level.

"Strong partnerships have been a hallmark of Airtel's growth journey and we are proud to have always looked ahead to bring the latest technology to India". Starting with Bharti Airtel, SK Telecom is planning to export its AI network solution to other global mobile network providers.

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