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Airtel signs $ 1 Billion Deal with Nokia to Expand its Network Capacity

Airtel signs Deal with Nokia

Nokia partners with Airtel for deploying its SRAN solution in nine circles in India, boosting the latter company’s network capacity

India: Bharti Airtel announced a multi-year agreement worth USD 1 billion with Nokia to deploy SRAN solution in nine circles including Gujarat, Maharashtra, Mumbai, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Kerala, Odisha, and West Bengal. Under this agreement, three lakh radio units will be deployed across spectrum bands including 900 Mhz, 2100 Mhz, 1800 Mhz, 2300 Mhz, and this is expected to be completed by 2022.

SRAN solution, which stands for single radio access network will assist Airtel in reducing network complexities and improve cost efficiency while managing the 2G, 3G and 4G networks. Nokia will be responsible for the planning, deployment and installation of the project, that will be executed through the cloud-based delivery platform by Nokia. As part of the deal, the company will also provide AirScale BaseBand, AirScale Radio Access and NetAct OSS solutions, which help in monitoring network efficiency.

CEO and President at Nokia stated that, “We have worked closely with Bharti Airtel for many years and are delighted to extend this long-standing partnership further. This project will enhance their current networks and deliver best-in-class connectivity to Airtel customers but also lay the foundations for 5G services in the future.”

According to TechSci Research, India is the second biggest telecom advertise in the world and the country is projected to have 920 million unique mobile subscribers by 2025, which will include 88 million 5G connections. Also, data traffic in the country increased by 47% in 2019 due to surge in 4G data consumption,  Airtel considers this as an lucrative opportunity and this USD 1 billion deal will help company to boost its network capacity, garner more customers and deploy 5G infrastructure in case of early 5G roll out in the country.

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