Telecom operator Bharti Airtel on Thursday said it has partnered with Tech Mahindra to build and market innovative solutions for India’s digital economy by bringing together their core strengths. Under this strategic partnership, Airtel and Tech Mahindra will co-develop and market 5G use cases in India, the telecom operator said in a regulatory filing. “Airtel has been spearheading 5G demos and testing in India, while Tech Mahindra has developed world-class 5G applications and platforms. Airtel and Tech Mahindra will set up a joint 5G innovation lab for developing Make in India use cases for the Indian and global markets,” it said. The two companies will also bring to market customised enterprise grade private networks, which will be at the core of digital economy. These solutions will focus on combining Airtel’s industry leading integrated connectivity portfolio of 5G ready mobile network, Fiber, SDWAN, and IoT along with Tech Mahindra’s proven system integration capabilities, it noted. The companies will initially focus on segments such as automobiles, aviation, ports, utilities, chemicals, oil & gas and expand to other industries going forward. Airtel and Tech Mahindra will also offer secure Cloud and content delivery network (CDN) solutions to businesses. “With enterprises rapidly moving to cloud based platforms as part of their digital transformation journeys, Airtel has built a formidable hybrid Cloud portfolio with Airtel Cloud, Airtel IQ (CPaaS) alongside CDN offerings,” it said. Commenting on the development, Ganesh Lakshminarayanan, CEO-Enterprise Business, Bharti Airtel said, “Airtel and Tech Mahindra have a shared vision of supporting the growth of India’s digital ecosystem. We are delighted to join forces with Tech Mahindra to bring to market a range of cutting-edge digital solutions for the emerging requirements of enterprises.” With proven technology capabilities and deep customer trust enjoyed by the two brands, we believe this is a win-win partnership, he added. Further, the two companies will explore leveraging Tech Mahindra’s technological expertise to support Airtel in Cloud Engineering, implementation of tools for Cloud Orchestration. Manish Vyas, President, Communications, Media and Entertainment Business, and CEO, Network Services, Tech Mahindra, said, “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.” He further said that in line with Tech Mahindra’s NXT.NOWTM framework, this collaboration is focused on offering next-generation services to the Indian market by enabling transformation via network, cloud engineering and customer experience.