The network will help Airtel offer world-class and cost-effective products and services to its customers, and help it expand its reach in rural India. Thisis Ericsson’s largest deal to date.
Bharti Airtel has awarded Ericsson an estimated USD 2 billion expansion contract, including expansion of its GSM/EDGE network and providing capacity management. The expansion is in line with Bharti Airtel’s objective to offer world-class and cost effective telecom products and services to its customers through a converged network across the country. The deal will allow Bharti Airtel to expand its reach into rural areas.
Under the two-year supply and services contract, Ericsson will design, plan, deploy, optimize and manage Bharti Airtel’s GSM network across 15 circles in India as well as for its pan-India pre-paid platform across 23 circles. In addition, Ericsson will also deliver pan-India integrated device management solutions, enabling usage of advanced data services by all mobile customers across retail and enterprise segments.
“The state-of-the-art network will further allow us to offer more innovative products and solutions in the areas of voice and data such as community-based charging, location-based services and enterprise VPN services. Bharti and Ericsson are also looking at forming a focus group to work on energy optimization by way of introducing energy-efficient equipment and alternate energy sources,” said Manoj Kohli, President and CEO, Bharti Airtel.
The core network is based on Ericsson’s layered architecture that will pave the way to an all-IP environment, and includes a common 2G/3G core based on Mobile Softswitch, a Mobile Packet Backbone Network for data services, a pan-India pre-paid platform using intelligent network technology, and a solution for unique location-based services and applications to be launched for the Indian consumer.
On the radio access side, the cornerstones for cost-efficient coverage including Ericsson’s latest radio access portfolio – with opex-saving solutions such as main-remote design, the Flamingo series radio base station and the Expander solution – will be deployed as part of this contract, to allow rapid expansion into rural markets. The core and access solutions will be supported by a scaleable network backbone for all transmission requirements through Ericsson’s MINI-LINK transport portfolio.
Ericsson has been a strategic partner of Bharti Airtel since 1995, and manages around 70 percent of its GSM/EDGE network in 15 circles in India. Ericsson’s nationwide charging solution caters to Airtel customers across all the 23 circles of Bharti Airtel.1cialis comparison viagra levitra3generic viagra sildenafilmonavie viagra amazonviagra retin amerimedrx 27373.32 prescription xanax onlineit viagra zyban amerimedrx 2737 wetracktablet xanax 3.98viagra 4images powered buy Map