Indian telecom company Bharti Airtel has entered into a partnership with China Mobile to work jointly on the development of 4G technology and procuring telecom devices and equipment.
“This partnership will provide a major platform for development and deployment of 4G and future mobile technology standards,” Bharti Airtel Chairman Sunil Mittal told ET.
As a part of the deal, both the telecom operators would together buy equipment such as WiFi devices, smartphones, data cards among other products, all of which can be used to deliver 4G services.
Both companies will work together for sharing and understanding testing and validation practices including network equipment, features and new releases etc. Also, they will jointly conduct proof of concepts as well as trails.
Airtel has operations in 20 countries across Asia and Africa and had more than 312 million customers across its operations at the end of December 2014. According to GSM Association Intelligence report, China Mobile had over 790 million subscribers and a revenue of over 66 million pounds at the end of the Q2,2014.