Nokia selected by Bharti Airtel

  • Award of contract for the roll out of 5G radio access network with approximately 45% market share
  • Nokia to supply its market leading Air Scale Base Station portfolio
  • Marks close to 18 years of continuous cooperation across RAN technologies from 2G, 3G, 4G and now 5G with Bharti Airtel in India

Nokia today announced that it has secured a deal with leading telecom operator Bharti Airtel, for 5G radio access network (RAN) deployment. This multi-year deal is a follow up to the recently concluded 5G spectrum auctions and allocation of pan-India spectrum to Bharti Airtel that supports their ambition to take India into the 5G era.

Nokia will provide the necessary equipment from its market-leading Air Scale portfolio that includes modular and scalable baseband as well as high-capacity 5G massive MIMO radios.

Gopal Vittal, MD & CEO of Bharti Airtel said, “We are pleased to continue our partnership with Nokia and take India into the 5G era. Airtel has always believed that the real leverage of 5G technology will come from the capacity to build an ecosystem across devices, networks, applications and services.

As mobile penetration increases across India, mobile telecom services will have a transformative impact across all sectors of the economy. Airtel is investing in the right areas and working with the right partners to serve our customers even better.”

Pekka Lundmark, President and CEO at Nokia said, “This landmark deal reinforces our long-standing partnership with Bharti Airtel. We are delighted that they have chosen Nokia’s best-in-class Air Scale baseband and radio portfolio to deliver superior 5G performance in one of the world’s largest networks. I look forward to our continued successful long-term collaboration in this vital and dynamic market.”

Describing Nokia

It’s not for nothing that Nokia is considered a tech giant of repute because they create technology that make the world a small place. It is a reliable and trustworthy partner for critical networks that are duly committed to innovation and technology leadership across mobile, fixed and cloud networks.

Nokia selected by Bharti Airtel

They create immense value with intellectual property and long-term research, which is led by the award-winning Nokia Bell Labs. They strictly adhere to the highest standards of integrity and security and help in building the capabilities needed for a more productive, sustainable and inclusive world. 

Describing Airtel

The company is headquartered in India and considered a global communications solutions provider with over 490 million customers in 17 countries across South Asia and Africa. The company ranks among the top three mobile operators globally and its networks cover over two billion people.

Airtel is India’s largest integrated communications solutions provider and the second largest mobile operator in Africa, which only goes on to show the clout that it commands in comparison to other telecom giants.

Airtel’s retail portfolio includes high-speed 4G/4.5G mobile broadband, Airtel Xstream Fiber that promises speeds up to 1 GBPS with convergence across linear and on-demand entertainment, streaming services spanning music and video, digital payments and financial services.

When it comes to enterprise customers, Airtel offers an array of solutions that include secure data connectivity, cloud and data centre services, cyber security, LoT, Ad Tech, cloud based communication, etc. to name a few.

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