Nokia All Set to Build 4G Network for Airtel

Published By : 20 Jan 2015 | Published By : QYRESEARCH

In a deal all set to create history, Nokia Networks bagged an incredible contract worth US$ 200 million to build the very first 4G network in India. The network will be built in the 1800 MHz band across six telecom circles.

As stated by sources, the public announcement of the deal will be made soon by Nokia Corporation and Bharti Airtel. The deal is all set to cover Mumbai, West Bengal, Punjab, MP, circles of Kerala and Odisha. 

4G is the latest technology providing the fastest connectivity in terms of wireless internet across the country, with a download speed of up to 40 Mbps and Upload speed of up to 20 Mbps. The 4G networks presently operating in the country runs on the 2300 MHz band. 

The 4G network of Airtel in the 1800 MHz band will reportedly use the FDD-LTE technology, which is older but more widely accepted around the world. The small size of the ecosystem devices around TDD-LTE is a major hindrance limiting the spread of 4G services around the country so far. 

Reliance Jio by far is the lone operator in India possessing airwaves in the 2300 MHz, but it is yet to launch its services. In fact no other operators possessing 4G spectrum have launched their services. At present, Airtel has 20 MHz of 4G spectrum in the 2300 Mhz band across eight circles that includes Mumbai, Karnataka, Delhi, Haryana, Maharashtra and Punjab. 

In the latest edition of spectrum auction Airtel succeeded to acquire 97 MHz in 1800 MHz band across 15 circles. The company is looking forward to develop a pan-India 4G footprint and to achieve the same it will roll out 4G networks that offers high speed across different services using FDDLTE technology in 1800 MHZ band apart from its existing TD-LTE in the 2300 MHz band.
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