Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Airtel Signs Deal with Nokia Networks to Expand 4G Services

Telecom giant Bharti Airtel today signed a deal with Nokia Networks to launch high-speed 4G services in six more telecom circles, comprising 11 states, starting from December this year.

The circles where Airtel going to launch 4G services are Andhra Pradesh, North East (7 states), Punjab, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh, and Karnataka, sources said.

Airtel plans to launch 4G services in Andhra Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, North East and Punjab by December 2015, Karnataka by February 2016 and Rajasthan by April 2016, sources added.

Meanwhile, Bharti Airtel Chief Technology Officer Abhay Savargaonkar in a statement said: “Having already launched the high-speed 4G services across four circles of India, we are now looking at expanding this enriching high-speed broadband experience to new circles on 1800 MHz band.”

The launch in these circles will be on a different type of 4G technology called FDD-LTE.

Globally, there are 360 networks has 4G services facilities and out of this 158 network use FDD-LTE technology, as per Global mobile Suppliers Association, implying better eco-system and availability of affordable devices for this technology.

Nokia Networks, already a supplier of Bharti Airtel’s TD-LTE network, will also provide TD-LTE on the 2300 MHz in 2 other circles, Sources said that these two circles are Mumbai and Kerala.

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