Airtel inks 4-year deal with Nokia for 3G services


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European telecom gear maker Nokia Networks has bagged a contract from Bharti Airtel on Tuesday to roll out greenfield 3G networks in five new circles and expand the Sunil Mittal-led carrier’s third generation networks in three circles.

Under its 4-year contract, Nokia Networks will provide its radio elements and services expertise to power Bharti Airtel’s 3G infrastructure.

Bharti Airtel’s director, network services group, Abhay Savargaonkar, said the Indian telecom .environment is experiencing a “rapid increase in the uptake of data-centric services,” which is why, the company had extended its association with Nokia Networks towards innovating Airtel’s services delivery mechanism. Nokia Networks, he said, would enable “Airtel to deliver a host of multi-media apps as well as services”.

  • Network planning and optimization, network implementation, network operations, project management and care services, including hardware and software maintenance as well as competence development
  • Compact and energy-efficient Flexi Multiradio 10 Base Station, a software-defined radio platform complemented with Flexi Lite Base Station, a small all-in-one base station optimized for indoor and outdoor micro-cell deployments with superior capacity and coverage in densely crowded areas
  • Extremely compact, highly scalable and flexible multi-technology, all-IP multicontroller RNC (mcRNC)
  • NetAct, a cloud-ready virtualized OSS, for effective and consolidated monitoring and optimizationaa


Sandeep Girotra, Vice President and Head of India Market, Nokia Networks, said: “The strong traction in India’s 3G market, driven by the rising demand for data-intensive apps and services, is the primary impetus behind Bharti Airtel’s 3G expansion initiatives with Nokia Networks. With this project, we have further strengthened Bharti’s 3G proposition in 8 business-critical circles in India including 5 new circles, adding yet another dimension to our collaboration which continues to gain momentum with such strategic engagements.”

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