Idea Cellular, India’s third largest mobile operator by subscribers, has selected Ericsson to deploy a 4G LTE network in selected telecom circles serving over 40 million customers. The contract covers equipment, software and a range of professional services, including project management, systems integration and supervisory managed services for LTE across selected circles for a period of two years. Ericsson will install its multi-standard RBS 6000 radio base station, which supports GSM/EDGE, W-CDMA/HSPA and LTE platforms in a single cabinet, and upgrade core network and operations support systems.
The agreement also includes the transformation of Idea Cellular’s existing mobile radio access and core network infrastructure across nine circles for 2G and five circles for 3G. ‘We are committed to offering our customers the best possible mobile experience,’ commented Idea Cellular’s CEO Himanshu Kapania, adding: ‘Transforming our 2G and 3G network will enable us to offer optimised mobile data and better smartphone performance, while our LTE deployments will take the customer experience on Idea Cellular’s networks to the next level.’
Last month TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate reported that Idea had launched LTE services in three new circles – Madhya Pradesh, Punjab and Haryana – adding to its existing footprint of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala, where the 4G platform was inaugurated in late December 2015. A total of 750 cities are scheduled to be covered by the cellco’s LTE network by end-June 2016.