Within days of bidding for spectrum in auctions, Bharti Airtel announced on Wednesday that it has signed 5G network agreements with device makers Ericsson, Nokia and Samsung to begin implementation this month.
Airtel highlighted its longstanding connectivity and pan-India managed services relationship with Ericsson and Nokia, while stating that the partnership with Samsung will begin this year.
The Sunil Mittal-led company recently acquired 19,867.8 MHz spectrum in the 900 MHz, 1800 MHz, 2100 MHz, 3300 MHz and 26 GHz bands, bolstering its spectrum holdings.
Bharti Airtel, which acquired spectrum worth Rs 43,084 crore in the just closed auction, had said it is well positioned to usher in the 5G revolution in India.
Gopal Vittal, CEO of Airtel, said: “We are pleased to announce that Airtel will begin the rollout of 5G services in August.” Mr Vittal said the network agreements have been finalized and Airtel will work with the best technology partners from around the world to bring the full benefits of 5G connectivity to its consumers.
“India’s transition to a digital economy will be led by telecoms and 5G presents a groundbreaking opportunity to drive the digital transformation of industries, enterprises and India’s socio-economic development,” added Mr Vittal.
The choice of multiple partners would enable Airtel to roll out 5G services with ultra-fast speeds, low latency and large data processing capabilities, the company said.
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