India's largest telecom company Bharti Airtel Ltd on Wednesday said it 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.
Terming the partnership a game-changer, Bharti Airtel chairman Sunil Mittal said his company and SK Telecom will also collaborate on an ongoing basis to evolve standards for 5G networking among other technologies.
During this month, SK Telecom will start the project by dispatching core network specialists to India to analyze the local network structure and evaluating necessary resources to raise quality satisfaction.
The two telecoms signed a strategic partnership to transfer AI technologies and solutions in San Francisco, where heads of global mobile carriers have gathered to attend the Mobile World Congress America.
The two firms will work together to build advanced telecom networks and in developing fifth-generation (5G) technology, Network Functions Virtualisation (NFV), Software-defined Networking (SDN) and Internet of Things (IoT).
Under the partnership, SKT will apply its AI network solution to the nationwide telecommunication network operated by Bharti Airtel across all regions of India by 2019.
Both the companies will work to improve the experience of Airtel customers in India by leveraging all the expertise from the South Korean telco, who has built one of the most superior mobile broadband networks in the planet. It will have capacity to identify, monitor and deliver improvements to the network experience on an individual basis. As per recent data published by country's telecom regulator TRAI, Jio at present is offering about double the average bandwidth delivered by its closest rivals, Airtel and Vodafone (which is around 18MB per second). They will also look to enable an ecosystem for introducing these technologies in India, said Bharti Airtel in a statement filed with the BSE. This will help Airtel to improve the network planning based on every user's device experience.