- Nokia’s Radio Technology to boot Airtel’s 4G coverage in 9 circles, for an estimated cost of $230 million
Nokia’s Radio Technology to boot Airtel’s 4G coverage in 9 circles, for an estimated cost of $230 million
One of India’s largest telecom companies, Airtel is now prepping up with their exciting offers to lure customers. As mobile data demand is increasing everywhere in India, it has become important for telecoms to expand to regions untapped currently.
The Finnish communications company, Nokia is said to have bagged $230-million 4G network deal from Bharti Airtel in nine telecom service areas.
“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,” Sanjay Malik, Head of India Market at Nokia said in a statement.
Bharti Airtel said in a statement, “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.”
Interestingly, this comes only a few days after Vodafone signed a 3-year contract with Huawei to provide managed services in Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Chennai and Orissa circles, and network operations in Delhi and Andhra Pradesh Circles.
Nokia will be setting up 4G infrastructures for Airtel across nine circles including- Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal, Odisha, Mumbai, Maharashtra, Kerala and UP East.The coverage expansion will include major cities such as Lucknow, Ahmedabad, Patna and Siliguri.
Out of the 9 circles, Airtel already has operations in 6 circles and it plans to upgrade those to high-speed internet technology soon. The other 3 circles will soon get 4G network with the help of Nokia. Airtel also plans to offer other video and music services in addition high-speed internet and calling.
“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,” Bharti Airtel said in the statement.
Nokia is alsosaid to expand the operator’s 3G network in eight of the territories as part of this rollout and modernization of legacy 2G BTS.This agreement between Nokia and Bharti Airtel will enhance coverage and access in urban, suburban and rural areas within nine circles in India.
As Airtel invests in this project, Airtel Open network can be used to test the network quality in your area and see it improve over the years.