Bharti Airtel and Tech Mahindra announced in a joint statement on Thursday that they will co-develop and market 5G use cases in India, as well as establish a collaborative 5G innovation centre to generate ‘Make in India’ use cases for the Indian and global markets.
The firms will work together to create and commercialise breakthrough enterprise-grade digital solutions in areas including as 5G, cloud, and content delivery networks, as well as customized enterprise-grade private networks, which will be at the heart of the digital economy. Automobiles, aircraft, ports, utilities, chemicals, oil and gas will be their initial focus, with plans to expand to other industries in the future.
“Airtel and Tech Mahindra have a shared vision of supporting the growth of India’s digital ecosystem. With proven technology capabilities and deep customer trust enjoyed by the two brands, we believe this is a win-win partnership,” said Ganesh Lakshminarayanan, CEO-enterprise business, Bharti Airtel.
“5G ecosystem will unlock immense opportunities for industries across sectors to improve productivity and enhance customer experience through digitally powered new-age platforms and solutions. We are excited to partner with Airtel to provide innovative and cutting-edge solutions for enterprise customers,” said Manish Vyas, president, communications, media and entertainment business, and CEO, network services, Tech Mahindra.
This cooperation is focused on bringing next-generation services to the Indian market by enabling transformation via network, cloud engineering, and customer experience, according to Tech Mahindra’s NXT.NOWTM framework.
In India, Airtel has been in the forefront of 5G demonstrations and testing, while Tech Mahindra has created world-class 5G applications and platforms.
The news comes after rival Vodafone Idea announced a cooperation with L&T Smart World & Communication earlier this week to establish a use case for a private 5G enterprise network in India.