Airtel appoints Nokia Siemens to manage 4G network in Maharashtra

by CXOtoday Staff    Mar 01, 2012

The pact will help Airtel offer high-speed data services to its customers in the circle.

Bharti Airtel selected Nokia Siemens Networks to build and operate its TD-LTE (time division duplex long term evolution) network in Maharashtra.

TD-LTE is a 4G mobile broadband technology that delivers instant internet access and can support video streaming and high-definition video conferencing.

Airtel said that in the next five years, data will be the main thrust in India, riding on the waves of 3G or 4G technologies.

As per industry estimates, mobile data traffic in the country will increase nearly 100-fold by 2015 and consumers will stream nearly 600 hours of video content.

“LTE provides ultra-high speed data access, in conjunction with 3G, this will lead the data revolution and drive fundamental changes in individual lifestyles, businesses and the society at large. We look forward to the advent of 4G technology which will be launched in India at the same time, as the rest of the world,” said Sanjay Kapoor, CEO Bharti Airtel, India and South Asia.

With the launch of commercial TD-LTE services later this year, Airtel subscribers in Maharashtra can look at improved experience when using bandwidth-intensive applications, with more consistent network coverage and faster response times, the company said.

Airtel will deploy its TD-LTE network in the 2.3 GHz frequency band allocated by the Indian government for broadband wireless access (BWA) technologies.

Nokia Siemens Networks will deliver the TD-LTE network and end-user data devices that can provide data speeds of upto 100 megabits per second (Mbps) as specified by 3GPP. The company is widely deploying this TD-LTE solution to commercial customers in Russia, Brazil and Saudi Arabia.

Nokia Siemens Networks will provide network design, integration, commissioning and optimization services to the operator for rapid roll-out of the network and full set of care services including hardware, software and competence development services. It will use its Global Network Solutions Centre at Noida, India that is already supporting TD-LTE networks globally, to remotely deliver services for improved efficiency and network performance.

“From networks to devices, Nokia Siemens Networks offers a full range of LTE solutions,” said Ashish Chowdhary, head of Customer Operations Asia and Middle East at Nokia Siemens Networks.