Nokia Bags 4G Contract From Airtel In 9 Circles

Nokia Monday said it was selected by Airtel to upgrade its 4G network and has been given contract for 9 telecom circles. Though the financials of the contract was not disclosed, by neither party, it is expected to be around  of half a billion dollar.

The 9 circles which will be upgraded by Nokia are Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Rest of Bengal, Odisha, Mumbai, Maharashtra, Kerala and UP East, serving major cities such as Lucknow, Ahmendabad, Patna and Siliguri, and the telecom gear maker would deploy its 4G FDD-LTE & TD-LTE technology in those circles.

“We are pleased to continue to leverage Nokia’s leading radio access technology and services expertise to expand 4G capacity and coverage and further increase the quality of service for subscribers,” Airtel said in a statement.

“We have a long history of working with Bharti Airtel and with this latest agreement we have become the largest supplier of 4G for the company. This network expansion will provide the capacity, coverage and speeds the company needs to meet the next wave of data demand in India,” said Sanjay Malik, head of India Market at Nokia.

Besides 4G, Nokia will also expand Airtel’s 3G network in eight of the territories as part of this rollout and modernization of legacy 2G BTS. The rollout uses Nokia’s radio access with Single RAN technology for FDD-LTE and TD-LTE. Apart from deployment of technologies and equipments, the company will also offer professional services including network integration and network planning and optimization.

Airtel is upgrading and ramping up its infrastructure as well as resources in the wake up of Reliance Jio’s 4G service roll out in the country. As Jio poses a formidable force, Airtel needs to pull up its socks, and it appears, the operator who has been credited as the first operator to launch 4G in India, is taking the right steps in this regard.

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