Airtel taps Nokia for 4G expansion

18 Oct 2016

Bharti Airtel, India’s largest mobile provider by subscribers, has contracted Finnish vendor Nokia to expand its 3G and 4G networks. Under the programme Nokia will deploy frequency division duplex LTE (FDD-LTE) and time division duplex LTE (TD-LTE) equipment in a total of nine circles, including three new circles and six where the operator already offers 4G services. The rollout will cover the circles of Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Bengal, Odisha, Mumbai, Maharashtra, Kerala and Uttar Pradesh East. In addition to the 4G network development, Nokia will also boost Airtel’s 3G footprint in eight of the aforementioned regions by upgrading the cellco’s legacy 3G base transceiver stations (BTS).

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