Finnish telecommunication giant, Nokia and India’s third largest mobile network operator, Bharti Airtel signed a deal worth $1 billion recently. The multi-year agreement will see Nokia’s Single RAN technology being deployed across the nation. The deal is expected to help Airtel enhance its 4G network, offering customers a faster and better way to enjoy internet connectivity. The deal came after another big investment in India’s telecommunication sector, as Reliance Jio joined hands with Facebook, selling 9.99% stake to the latter at a whopping 5.6 billion.
The joint statement released by both companies says, “The rollout, which will also lay the foundation for providing 5G connectivity in the future, will see approximately 300,000 radio units deployed across several spectrum bands, including 900 Mhz, 1800 Mhz, 2100 Mhz and 2300 Mhz, and is expected to be completed by 2022.”
Airtel has been a committed brand in India, having taken multiple steps in the last few years to offer world-class network experience to its users. They have continuously been investing to have emerged as India’s leading company in the field. Not just in India, Airtel has left its mark all across the world, having been operating in over 15 countries. The deal with Nokia will not only help it better its network coverage but also prepare the company for the 5G era. India, being the world’s second largest telecom market, will have more than 900 million unique mobile users in the next four years. The SRAN technology of Nokia has, in the past, helped multiple operators around the world manage their network issues and cost efficiencies. The Single RAN solution includes a range of equipment that will assist Airtel in the future such as AirScale Radio Access, AirScale BaseBand, and NetAct OSS technology.