Posted: January 30, 2015

Bharti Airtel, a leading global telecommunications company with operations in 20 countries across Asia and Africa, 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 super-fast 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.

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

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Abhay Savargaonkar, CTO, Bharti Airtel, said: “With our commitment 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 enriching high-speed broadband experience to new circles on 1800 MHz band. Our association with Nokia Networks will help us support our vision and provide a superior 4G network.”

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. On top of that, our Flexi Zone solution will ensure the best possible LTE performance even in dense areas.”

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