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Nokia Siemens bags Airtel's 4G network deal for Maharashtra

Barcelona, Feb 29,2012, (PTI) :
India's largest private telecom firm Bharti Airtel today appointed Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) for building and operating its 4G network in Maharashtra state.

The move will help Airtel offer high-speed data service, which is expected to commence later this year, to its customers in the circle.

However, the size of the deal is not disclosed.

NSN will provide network design, integration, commissioning and optimisation services to Bharti Airtel using TD-LTE technology for rapid roll-out of the network and full set of care services including hardware, software and competence development services.

"In the next five years, data will be the main thrust in India, riding on the waves of 3G or 4G technologies. LTE provides ultra high speed data access, in conjunction with 3G, this will lead the data revolution and drive fundamental changes in individual lifestyles, businesses and the society at large," Bharti Airtel CEO (India and South Asia) Sanjay Kapoor said.

TD-LTE (time division duplex long-term evolution) is a technology platform that allows very high-speed access to data and transfer of huge amounts of data via dongles and compatible mobile phones.

With this, Bharti Airtel has become the first operator to announce launch of its commercial TD-LTE services, which will be available later this year.

As per industry estimates, mobile data traffic in the country is expected to increase nearly 100-fold by 2015 and consumers will stream nearly 600 hours of video content every second, thus paving way for the ensuing data revolution, Kapoor said.

The new technology will allow data speeds of upto 100 megabits per second (Mbps).

Bharti Airtel had bagged broadband wireless access (BWA) licence to offer the services in four Indian telecom circles including Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kolkata and Punjab.

The company had paid a total of Rs 3,314.36 crore for license and spectrum fees during an auction held in June 2010.

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