Bharti Airtel has selected Ericsson to roll out a Frequency Division Duplex Long Term Evolution (FDD-LTE) network in Delhi. According to a vendor press release, this four-year agreement marks the first FDD-LTE deployment by Ericsson in Delhi. As part of the contract, Ericsson will provide its multi-standard radio equipment from the RBS 6000 base station family for macro and small cell networks, while the agreement also includes the deployment of Ericsson’s LTE RAN software.
Meanwhile, in a parallel announcement, it has been confirmed that the two companies have signed a four-year contract to expand Airtel’s W-CDMA networks across eight telecom circles in India. While the bulk of the deployments will utilise the 2100MHz band, the deal will also see Ericsson roll out 3G services in three unspecified circles using the 900MHz band.