Airtel dials up SK Telecom for newer tech

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India’s largest telecom company Bharti Airtel Ltd has formed a strategic partnership with SK Telecom where it will leverage the South Korean firm’s expertise in improving network experience, machine learning, big data and provide better customer experience through customised tools.

According to media reports, the capacity to identify, monitor and deliver improvements to the network experience on an individual device basis will be a first in India, helped by SK Telecom’s global leadership in this area, Airtel said in a statement.

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.

Sunil Bharti Mittal, chairman, Bharti Airtel said that 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, he added. 

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