ZTE has won a contract to provide Indian operator Tikona Digital Networks with 4G LTE equipment to provide home broadband services in Varanasi, India. ZTE will supply time division long term evolution (TD-LTE) equipment in all five of Tikona’s circles for building its high speed broadband network.
Tikona has invested up to Rs 20 crores in Varanasi for rolling out 4G home broadband services. To date, the company has built capacities to cater for more than 50,000 broadband homes in the city.
Tikona has already made investments of Rs 1,500 crores for securing 20 MHz liberalised spectrum in the 2300 MHz band during the auctions which concluded in 2010, and is planning to invest a similar amount to roll out 4G home broadband services across more than 1,000 towns in the five circles of Uttar Pradesh (East), Uttar Pradesh (West), Gujarat, Rajasthan and Himachal Pradesh.
Prakash Bajpai, Founder, MD and CEO of Tikona, said “ Varanasi is the first city where 4G services have been launched, and plans are to launch 4G networks in other cities and circles in the near future. We are hopeful that subscribers in Varanasi will get to experience world class home broadband services which they can access conveniently for their personal usage.”