Indian mobile operator Bharti Airtel has chosen Ericsson to roll out a 4G (LTE-FDD) network for its subscribers in Delhi. This four-year agreement marks the first LTE-FDD rollout by Ericsson in Delhi. It has also signed another four-year deal to expand Bharti Airtel’s 3G WCDMA network across eight telecom circles in India.
As part of the 4G contract, Ericsson will provide its multi-standard radio equipment from the Ericsson RBS 6000 base station family for macro and small cell networks. The agreement also includes deployment of Ericsson's LTE RAN software for Bharti Airtel. The solution works seamlessly with the existing 2G and 3G networks deployed by Ericsson. In addition to Delhi, Ericsson has also partnered Bharti Airtel to deploy LTE networks in four other circles.
The four-year agreement to expand 3G WCDMA network across eight telecom circles in India includes rollout of 3G services in both UMTS 2100 MHZ and UMTS 900MHz band (in three circles). As part of the contract, Ericsson will supply, install and perform managed services for WCDMA Radio Access Networks (RAN).
Ericsson will again provide its multi-standard radio equipment from the Ericsson RBS 6000 base station family for macro and small cells. This will enable energy-efficient and cost-effective operations while allowing the operator to meet growing demands of better and faster mobile internet connectivity for the end-users.
Abhay Savargaonkar, CTO, Bharti Airtel, said: “This investment in 3G network is in line with Airtel’s constant focus on building a world-class, next-generation smartphone network for its customers. Refarming of 900MHz spectrum in three circles to 3G is aimed at providing additional capacity and better indoor coverage.”