Bharti Airtel and Nokia are to expand the deployment of 4G technology across nine circles in India as the country prepares itself for the next boom in mobile data demand.
In the 2016 MBiT Index, Nokia reported an eight-fold increase in India's 4G LTE device ecosystem for 2015, while other statistics show that access to news, video content, gaming, and social media accounts for 60 percent of India's total mobile data traffic – and it is rising. The new agreement with Nokia will see Bharti Airtel expand the deployment of 4G technology in three new circles in addition to six circles it already serves, enabling launch of new services that started in September. Bharti Airtel will be able to provide improved coverage and faster mobile Internet access, while laying the foundation for the delivery of enhanced video services and other on-demand applications.
Nokia will deploy its 4G FDD-LTE & TD-LTE technology across nine of Bharti Airtel's circles in India including the regions of Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Rest of Bengal, Odisha, Mumbai, Maharashtra, Kerala, and UP East, serving major cities such as Lucknow, Ahmedabad, Patna, and Siliguri. Nokia will also expand the operator's 3G network in eight of the territories as part of this rollout and modernization of legacy 2G BTS; the rollout uses Nokia's radio access with single RAN technology for FDD-LTE and TD-LTE. Nokia will provide professional services including network integration and network planning and optimization.