Idea selects Ceragon for wireless backhaul modernization

Idea Cellular, the third largest mobile services operator in India has selected Ceragon to modernize wireless backhaul connections around the country.

The modernization of wireless backhaul connections will help in supporting data growth both in 3G and future technologies. The multi-million dollar orders include Ceragon solutions and services and will enable Idea Cellular to upgrade its TDM network and deliver advanced data-rich services to its over 125 million customers.

“The mobile market needs in India are constantly changing, with an ever growing need for higher bandwidth connectivity,” said Anil Tandan, CTO, Idea Cellular.

“With the explosive growth in data demand over the past few years, it is critical to have partners that understand the unique challenges of our market and offer flexible solutions that can grow over time. We believe that Ceragon is that type of partner and we look forward to working with them to quickly and cost-effectively upgrade our existing microwave transmission network for tomorrow’s needs, ” added Tandan.

“India is a huge marketplace for growth in high-capacity mobile infrastructure and companies like Idea Cellular are leading the deployment of next-generation systems throughout the region – both rural and in urban centers,” said Ira Palti, president and CEO, Ceragon Networks.

“Ceragon’s expertise in implementing flexible solutions in an array of different population densities and terrains will be critical in reaching Idea’s large footprint of customers across India. Ceragon is committed to enabling long-term growth for high-capacity connectivity in the region,” added Palti.

Mobile broadband adoption in India is set to rocket over the next five years, from about 35 million mobile broadband connections to a potential 400 million mobile broadband connections by the end of 2017 according to GSMA.

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