Nokia-Bharti deal marks India’s first dual band, dual carrier 3G implementation.
Nokia Networks today announced that it has bagged a 3G contract from Bharti Airtel that will help the latter enhance its 3G network in the Mumbai, West Bengal and Bihar telecom circles using Nokia’s latest Single RAN (radio access network) Advanced platform.
The deal includes an India-first dual band, dual carrier 3G network implementation, refarming 900 MHz to complement Mumbai’s existing 3G network on 2100 MHz. This will enable improved 3G services for Bharti Airtel’s customers.
Abhay Savargaonkar, Director Network Services Group, Bharti Airtel said, “The association with Nokia will enable millions of customers to experience an enhanced 3G network in these circles.”
Rohan Dhamija, Partner and Head of India and South Asia, Analysys Mason added, “With Indian subscribers increasingly looking for high-speed mobile broadband services, 3G is a very important technology option that operators in India need to embrace to fulfill the demands of their subscribers.”