Airtel Inks partnership with Nokia to deploy 5G and IoT applications


Airtel has established a strategic partnership with Nokia to deploy 5G and IoT applications for an undisclosed amount. According to sources, both companies will work together to establish a common 5G technology standard including management of connected devices.

As per the agreement, Airtel and Nokia will work together to drive the future roadmap related to 5G. The main focus will be to make a rapid progress in the deployment of 4G network connectivity. In a statement, Airtel disclosed that the deal will make optimum use of power, supply chain and other related parameters to deliver a high level of quality and reliability.

Responding to media, Abhay Savargaonkar, Director – Network Services (India and South Asia), Airtel revealed that the 5G and IoT applications have tremendous potential to transform lives. Moreover, the company us pleased to partner with Nokia to enable these future technologies for our customers.

If 5G is deployed, you will experience huge enhancement in peak data speeds, agility and network latency including the ability to tap new technologies such as network slicing. Hence, it will help mobile service providers to provide support for a wide range of customers. The 5G will establish connectivity with IoT devices and will be a real deal breaker for the development of smart cities.

It remains to be seen as to how the relationship between Airtel and Nokia will progress with the Finland-based company announcement of several Android and feature phones at MWC 2017. That said, the smartphone and network unit are separate entities and will not affect the 5G adoption process.

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