Airtel, China Mobile to work on LTE ecosystem

Bharti Airtel Chairman Sunil Mittal and China Mobile Chairman Xi Guohua today announced their plan to work for growing the LTE ecosystem and evolving mobile technology standards.

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Airtel and China Mobile will also work towards shaping up a joint strategy for procurement of devices that include Mifi, smart phones, data cards, LTE CPEs and USIM.

China Mobile and Airtel are also among the founding members of the Global TD-LTE initiative.

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China Mobile and Airtel plan to share relevant network as well as product knowledge specifically for new technologies like 4G, best practices and technical learnings to enable delivery of affordable services to customers. Airtel and China Mobile will also work together for development of relevant technical standards and inter-operability testing.

Airtel and China Mobile will cooperate on standards and products development, and promoting a robust ecosystem to accelerate the commercialization of TD-LTE and 4.5G/ 5G technologies.

“India and China account for nearly third of all the mobile subscribers globally and this partnership will provide a major platform for development and deployment of 4G and future mobile technology standards as both countries enter a phase of explosive data led growth,” said Sunil Mittal.

China Mobile and Airtel will also aim to bring in cost efficiencies by driving synergies in their procurement strategies.

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