Ceragon Networks Ltd., the global innovator and leading solutions provider of 5G wireless transport, has received follow-on orders from multiple Tier 1 mobile operators in India, totaling over $35M in Q2 alone.
Ceragon will be empowering these operators to further expand their digital footprint in India, maintain their market leadership, as well as prepare for the 5G rollout expected in 2022.
Doron Arazi, CEO Ceragon Networks, commented: “With 5G auctions planned for the first half of 2022, mobile operators in India are taking swift action and preparing their networks to be 5G-ready. Ceragon is excited to be an integral part of India’s 5G evolution. While 5G field trials are only just beginning in India, Ceragon has already accumulated vast experience in both planning and deploying successful, large-scale 5G backhaul networks worldwide and is thrilled to share this experience with its partner operators in India. In fact, Ceragon has been selected to participate in field trials in India that aim to connect 5G sites using Ceragon’s ultra-high mmW frequency technology, which is considered ideal for high-speed 5G services.”
These operators’ large network expansion projects were prompted by several triggers. The first trigger is the spectrum auction that took place in India in March of this year, where operators were allocated additional spectrum. The second trigger is the Covid-19 pandemic which has imposed ‘work-from-home’ and ‘study-from-home’ practices that instigated an immense surge in capacity demands – nationwide. These operators selected Ceragon’s compact all-outdoor dual-carrier microwave radios to quickly leverage their newly acquired spectrum to expand their reach and deliver high capacity, reliable broadband connectivity to dense urban ‘metro cities’, as well as isolated, underdeveloped rural and sub-rural areas – bridging the digital divide in the country.
The third and final trigger is the need for India operators to prepare their network infrastructure to support 5G deployments expected to launch in the first half of 2022. The operators are leveraging Ceragon’s flexible and scalable wireless transport solutions to not only strengthen their 4G capabilities, but to ensure their wireless backhaul networks are 5G-ready so that once 5G spectrum is made available, they can hit the ground running and be the first to deliver superior 5G customer experiences and services.