Airtel and Esri – Enabling Transparent Network


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Bharti Airtel Limited is a leading global
telecommunications company. Headquartered in New Delhi, India, the company ranks amongst the top three mobile service providers globally in terms of subscribers.

Airtel needed expert help to develop a map based solution. As the developer of the world’s most powerful mapping and analytics software – ArcGIS – Esri became a preferred choice.

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The Solution

When it came to developing a map-based solution, Airtel needed expert help. As the developer of the world’s most powerful mapping and analytics software — ArcGIS — Esri became a preferred choice.

ArcGIS applies The Science of Where to connect everyone, everywhere through a common visual language. It combines mapping and analytics to reveal deeper insight into data. With the help of the innovation solution from Esri, Airtel is able to deliver unique network transparency to its customers in India.

Esri India provided the ArcGIS Server-based platform to Airtel. The entire application was designed, conceived and hosted within 10 days, which typically takes about 3 – 9 months. It became operational in February 2016.

Impacts of the Deployment

The solution helped Airtel to:
• Carry out hotspot analysis and network route planning on
• Access to various web services in a thin client with Esri content.
• Provide GIS based content & user management system.
• Flexibility to integrate with open source API with a heart of Esri geospatial framework.
• To perform the raster analysis on telecom coverage files like .grd and .grc.

The most important benefits of this technology have been:

• Easy rollout.
• Quick deployment.
• Easy and flexible enterprise rollout options.
• User friendly rest API’s for easy integration

Headquartered in India, Airtel is a global communications solutions provider with over 500 Mn customers in 17 countries across South Asia and Africa. The company ranks amongst the top three mobile operators globally and its networks cover over two billion people.

Airtel is India’s largest integrated communications solutions provider and the second largest mobile operator in Africa. Airtel’s retail portfolio
includes high speed 4G/ 5G mobile broadband,
AirtelXstream Fiber that promises speeds up to 1 Gbps with convergence across linear and on-demand entertainment, streaming services spanning music and video, digital payments and financial services.

For enterprise customers, Airtel offers a gamut of solutions that includes secure connectivity, cloud and data centre services, cyber security, IoT, Ad Tech and cloud based communication.

Established in 1996, Esri India Technologies Pvt. Ltd. (Esri India) is an end-to-end Geographic Information System (GIS) solutions provider. As a market leader, it has successfully delivered cutting-edge GIS solutions, powered by ArcGIS, to more than 5000 customers for
applications in Land management, Utilities, Water, Infrastructure, Disaster Management, Telecommunications, Urban Development, Smart Cities, Forestry, Natural Resources Management and more. For Indian customers, it has engineered a unique product called Indo ArcGIS.