Bharti Airtel, Nokia Networks set to launch 4G services with FDD-LTE on 1800 MHz


India’s Bharti Airtel, a global telecommunications service provider with operations in 20 countries across Asia and Africa, has commissioned Nokia Networks to expand its 4G presence to six new circles in India using Nokia Networks’ radio network.

The deal marks India’s first FDD-LTE deployment on 1800 MHz that will witness the launch of super-fast mobile broadband in 6 circles. Nokia Networks, already a supplier of Bharti Airtel’s TD-LTE network, will also deploy TD-LTE on the 2300 MHz in 2 other circles.

As part of the deal, Nokia Networks will provide, professional services such as network planning and optimization, network implementation, systems integration as well as hardware care.

The company will also provide, cloud-ready network management system, NetAct, for effective and consolidated monitoring and optimization of the LTE network and its energy-efficient Flexi Multiradio 10 Base Station, a software-defined radio platform which can be flexibly configured to increase network capacity depending on data consumption.

Nokia Networks will also provide Flexi Zone for the small cells rollout to improve capacity and coverage in dense areas.

Abhay Savargaonkar, CTO, Bharti Airtel, said: “With our commitment to build an efficient internet ecosystem in India, we continue to introduce new technologies and strengthen our existing capabilities. Having already launched the high-speed 4G services across four circles of India, we are now looking at extending this enriching high-speed broadband experience to new circles on 1800 MHz band. Our association with Nokia Networks will help us support our vision and provide a superior 4G network.”

Sandeep Girotra, Vice President and Head of India Region, Nokia Networks, said: “We are happy to expand our TD-LTE footprint with Bharti and partner with them to deploy India’s first FDD-LTE in six new circles. Our rich experience gained in deploying FDD-LTE and TD-LTE to operators around the globe will ensure a fast and smooth network rollout. On top of that, our Flexi Zone solution will ensure the best possible LTE performance even in dense areas.”