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Airtel signs 5G network agreements with Ericsson , Nokia and Samsung

Bharti Airtel ( Airtel ), India ’ s premier communications solutions provider , has announced that it has signed 5G network agreements with Ericsson , Nokia and Samsung to commence 5G deployment .

Airtel has had a long-standing relationship for connectivity and Pan-India managed services with Ericsson and Nokia while the partnership with Samsung will begin this year onwards .
Transformation of industries , enterprises and the socio-economic development of India .”
Choice of multiple partners will enable Airtel to roll out 5G services spanning ultra-high-speeds , low latency and large data handling capabilities , which will enable a superior user experience and allow the pursuit of new , innovative use cases with enterprise and industry customers .
The 5G partnerships follow closely on the heels of spectrum auctions conducted by the Department of Telecom in India , where Airtel bid for and acquired 19867.8 MHZ spectrum in 900 MHz , 1800 MHz , 2100 MHz , 3300 MHz and 26 GHz frequency .
Gopal Vittal , MD and CEO , Airtel , said : “ We are delighted to announce that Airtel will commence roll out of 5G services . Our network agreements are finalized and Airtel will work with the best technology partners from across the world to deliver the full benefits of 5G connectivity to our consumers .
“ India ’ s transition into a digital economy will be led by telecom and 5G presents a game-changing opportunity to drive the Digital

Macquarie Telecom Group joins the VMware Sovereign Cloud initiative in Australia

Macquarie Telecom Group , has become a member of the VMware Sovereign Cloud initiative , a reflection of the company ’ s decade-long commitment to sovereign IT capability .

Aidan Tudehope , Managing Director , Macquarie Government
The growing importance of data sovereignty , scrutiny of data access and control and increasing geo-political friction is leading governments and regulated industries to closely analyze their cloud strategies and evaluate who may have access to their data .
The VMware Sovereign Cloud initiative helps customers identify and engage with trusted national or regional cloud service providers to meet their unique sovereign cloud requirements .
VMware Sovereign Cloud initiative participants offer sovereign cloud solutions for customers in highly regulated industries , such as banking and finance , healthcare , energy , government services , public sector and telecommunications .
Macquarie ’ s designation as a VMware Sovereign Cloud Provider follows the company ’ s own rigorous assessment of its data centers and cloud services in accordance with the VMware Sovereign Cloud framework .
“ We ’ re very pleased Macquarie Telecom has joined the VMware Sovereign Cloud initiative ,” said Mike Reddie , Senior Director of Cloud for VMware A / NZ . “ The added value of data sovereignty , jurisdictional control , and data security and compliance means that Macquarie Telecom customers are preparing for changing regulations , increased security threats and geopolitical uncertainty – all of which are growing challenges .”
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