Bharti Airtel, Nokia Networks to launch ‘superfast’ 4G services in India

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Published: January 27, 2015 5:40:00 PM

Bharti Airtel, Nokia Networks deal marks India’s first FDD-LTE deployment across 6 circles...

Bharti Airtel, Nokia Networks, 4G in India, Abhay Savargaonkar, Sandeep GirotraGlobal telecommunications company Bharti Airtel has commissioned Nokia Networks to expand its 4G presence to six new circles using Nokia Networks’ radio network.

Global telecommunications company Bharti Airtel has commissioned Nokia Networks to expand its 4G presence to six new circles using Nokia Networks’ radio network.

The deal marks India’s first FDD-LTE deployment on 1800 MHz that will witness the launch of superfast mobile broadband in 6 circles. Nokia Networks, already a supplier of Bharti Airtel’s TD-LTE network, will also deploy TD-LTE on the 2300 MHz in 2 other circles.

Abhay Savargaonkar, CTO, Bharti Airtel, said: “To build an efficient internet ecosystem in India, we continue to introduce new technologies and strengthen our existing capabilities. Having already launched the high-speed 4G services across four circles of India, we are now looking at extending this high-speed broadband experience to new circles on 1800 MHz band.”

Deal details at a glance:

· Professional Services such as network planning and optimization, network implementation, systems integration as well as hardware care

· Cloud-ready network management system, NetAct, for effective and consolidated monitoring and optimization of the LTE network

· Compact and energy-efficient Flexi Multiradio 10 Base Station, a software-defined radio platform which can be flexibly configured to increase network capacity depending on data consumption

· Flexi Zone for the small cells rollout to improve capacity and coverage in dense areas

The continuing demand for ever more mobile capacity is driven largely by growing use of video. As people start to use media more intensively their rising use of this service by 2020 will see a surge – a typical mobile user may consume 1 GB of data per day. LTE provides a foundation to meet these challenging demands.

Sandeep Girotra, Vice President and Head of India Region, Nokia Networks, 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.”

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