Bharti Airtel awards Nokia $500m 4G contract

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Bill Boyle
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Nokia has just won a contract worth $500m from Bharti Airtel for the deployment of 4G

The agreement with Nokia will see it expand the deployment of 4G  in three new regions as well as the six it already serves. Bharti Airtel should be able to provide better coverage and faster data, #while laying the foundation for the delivery of enhanced video services and other on-demand applications.

Nokia will deploy its 4G FDD-LTE & TD-LTE technology across nine of Bharti Airtel's circles in India including the regions of Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Rest of Bengal, Odisha, Mumbai, Maharashtra, Kerala and UP East, serving major cities such as Lucknow, Ahmedabad, Patna and Siliguri.

The rollout uses Nokia's radio access with Single RAN technology for FDD-LTE and TD-LTE

Nokia will provide professional services including network integration and network planning and optimisation

Nokia will expand Bharti’s 3G network in eight of the territories as part of this rollout and modernise the legacy 2G BTS. Bharti is worried about the competition provided by Reliance Jio, which is currently offering free services in the country, analysts have said. 

Bharti Airtel said: “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."

"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.

The new deployment will allow Bharti Airtel to provide improved coverage and faster mobile Internetaccess, while laying the foundation for the delivery of enhanced video services and other on-demand applications.

Sanjay Malik, head of India Market at Nokia, said: "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,” in a statement.