Countering the rapidly-growing Jio network in the country, Bharti Airtel has joined hands with technology giant Nokia to work on 5G network connectivity and management of connected devices.

The companies have made a strategy to bring 5G services in six new circles and are planning to introduce the Internet-of-Things (IoT) in India.

“The 5G and IoT applications have tremendous potential to transform lives and we are pleased to partner with Nokia to enable these future technologies for our customers,” Airtel said in a statement.

“Having already launched the high-speed 4G services across four circles of India, we are now looking at extending this enriching high-speed broadband experience to new circles on 1800 MHz band,” it added.

Meanwhile, Nokia statement said: “We are happy to expand our TD-LTE footprint with Bharti and partner with them to deploy India’s first FDD-LTE in six new circles”.

“Our rich experience gained in deploying FDD-LTE and TD-LTE to operators around the globe will ensure a fast and smooth network rollout,” it added.

Reliance Industries (RIL) Chairman Mukesh Ambani on February 21 said that “Reliance Jio has crossed the 100 million customer mark since its launch on September 5”.

“By the end of 2017, 99 per cent of the country's population will be covered by the network with its presence in nearly all cities, towns and villages,” he added.