Airtel today announced its partnership with Nokia with a multi-year agreement to deploy Nokia’s Single Radio Access Network (SRAN) solution to enhance Airtel 4G networks. This deal will further lay the groundwork for 5G networks that are slated to go live in 2022.
Nokia’s SRAN solutions will help reduce network complexity and increase cost efficiencies by providing Airtel a single platform to manage their 2G, 3G, and 4G networks.
Commenting on the partnership, Gopal Vittal, MD & CEO (India and South Asia) at Bharti Airtel, said, “Airtel has consistently topped network performance charts in studies conducted by multiple global experts. We are committed to continuously invest in emerging network technologies to provide a best-in-class experience to our customers. This initiative with Nokia is a major step in this direction. We have been working with Nokia for more than a decade now and are delighted to use Nokia’s SRAN products in further improving the capacity and coverage of our network as we prepare for the 5G era”.
Rajeev Suri, President and Chief Executive Officer at Nokia, said, “This is an important agreement for the future of connectivity in one of the world’s largest telecoms markets and solidifies our position in India. We have worked closely with Bharti Airtel for many years and are delighted to extend this long-standing partnership further. This project will enhance their current networks and deliver best-in-class connectivity to Airtel customers but also lay the foundations for 5G services in the future”.