Airtel enlists Nokia for network upgrade

14 Nov 2014

Bharti Airtel, India’s largest mobile provider by subscribers, has selected Finnish vendor Nokia Networks to provide its Single RAN Advanced platform to improve 3G services in the Mumbai, West Bengal and Bihar circles. The multi-standard radio platform will help Airtel optimise its spectrum-use and improve 3G throughput, as well as support the cellco’s Time Division Long Term Evolution (TD-LTE) rollout and pave the way for the deployment of Frequency Division (FD)-LTE technology in the future. In addition, Nokia will supply its Flexi Lite Base Station, a small all-in-one base station optimised for indoor and outdoor micro-cell deployments to provide improved coverage in densely crowded areas. Also included in the agreement is Nokia’s flexible multi-technology, all-IP multicontroller radio network controller (mcRNC) and the vendor’s NetAct network management system.