Airtel is already partnering with Ericsson and Nokia for 5G connectivity and managing its services across the country, while the partnership with Samsung will start this year. This 5G partnership took place soon after the spectrum auction in the country, in which Airtel bid for and acquired 19867.8 MHz spectrum in 900 MHz, 1800 MHz, 2100 MHz, 3300 MHz and 26 GHz frequencies.
The partnership will help Airtel roll out 5G services with ultra-high-speed, low latency and large data handling capabilities. Speaking about the agreement, Borje Ekholm, President and CEO, Ericsson said, “We look forward to supporting Airtel with the launch of 5G service in India. We will help Airtel deliver the full benefits of 5G to Indian consumers and enterprises. 5G will enable India to realize its Digital India vision and boost the country’s development.
Pekka Lundmark, President and CEO, Nokia, said that this historic deal strengthens the company’s long-time partnership with Airtel. Airtel will also bring Samsung as a network partner to deploy 5G services. This is the first time the two companies will work together.
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