Nokia Networks expanding Bharti Airtel’s Indian 3G network

Bharti Airtel has selected Nokia Networks to extend its Indian 3G offering into 5 new telecom circles, as well as expanding in 3 existing ones.

Under the 4-year contract, Nokia Networks will provide its radio elements and services expertise to power Bharti Airtel's infrastructure. The deal will include network planning and optimisation, network implementation & operations, project management and care services, and hardware and software maintenance as well as competence development.

Abhay Savargaonkar, Director of Network Services Group, Bharti Airtel, said: "The Indian telecom environment is currently experiencing a rapid increase in the uptake of data-centric services. At Airtel we are deeply committed to delivering the best data experience for smartphone users and making continued network investments to help us realise the vast potential of this data opportunity."

Sandeep Girotra, Vice President and Head of India Market, Nokia Networks, said: "The strong traction in India's 3G market, driven by the rising demand for data-intensive apps and services, is the primary impetus behind Bharti Airtel's 3G expansion initiatives with Nokia Networks. With this project, we have further strengthened Bharti's 3G proposition in 8 business-critical circles in India including 5 new circles, adding yet another dimension to our collaboration.”

Nokia Networks' MBit Index study, an annual report on mobile broadband performance in India, revealed that the 74% increase in mobile data traffic in 2014 was primarily driven by strong 3G growth with a 114% increase, while 2G growth was reported to be 41%. In 2014, the growth of mobile broadband traffic in India prompted many operators to expand their 3G and 4G networks.

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