Ericsson, Bharti Airtel ink pact for 5G technology

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 18 Nov 2017 11:15:09


NEW DELHI,

Nov 17,

(PTI),

SWEDISH telecom gear maker Ericsson on Friday said it had partnered with Bharti Airtel for 5G technology for the telecom giant’s India operations. “We have MoUs (agreements) with 36 operators globally. In India, we have recently tied up with Bharti Airtel for 5G technology,” Ericsson Senior Vice-President and Head of Market Area South East Asia, Oceania and India, Nunzio Mirtillo told reporters here. He, however, did not comment on the financial details of the partnership.

As part of the partnership with Airtel, Ericsson would work with Bharti Airtel on creating a strategic roadmap for evolution of the network to the next-gen 5G technology, Mirtillo said. Ericsson is already a vendor to Bharti Airtel in areas like managed services and 4G. Earlier this year, Bharti Airtel had inked a similar pact with telecom gear maker Nokia to expand their partnership to areas like 5G technology standard and management of connected devices.

Ericsson today showcased the first live 5G end-to-end demonstration here using its 5G test bed and 5G NR Radio. This, Ericsson claimed, has an “extremely high throughput and ultra-low latency”. Mirtillo said the company was committed to the Indian market.  “The 5G technology showcase has been organised in the direction of creating a robust 5G ecosystem in the country even though 5G network are rolled out by 2020,” he added.