Bharti Airtel has signed a deal with Alcatel-Lucent to create a CEN (carrier-grade ethernet)-based IP access network, reports The Hindu Business Line. The new infrastructure will allow Bharti to cope better with surging bandwidth demands from services such as video streaming, online gaming and video conferencing. The network will cater for traffic from DSL broadband networks as as well as 2G/3G/4G voice and data traffic. ‘Given the exponential growth in the uptake of data in India, we thought it is the right time for us to transition to a scalable IP-based access network for reasons of both cost and performance,’ said Jagbir Singh, the director of Bharti’s Network Services Group division. No financial details were disclosed.