Airtel transforms mobile backhaul transport capabilities across India

Bharti Airtel,the country’s leading telecom operator, has selected ECI Telecom’s Neptune (NPT) family of products to expand its mobile backhaul transport capabilities across India to support the increasing demand for bandwidth, as it migrates its mobile networks from 2G to 3G to 4G, and eventually to LTE-A.


Airtel has chosen ECI’s Neptune solutions for their ‘state of the art’ Evolved Packet Transport (EPT) Network. The Neptune (NPT) solutions will be deployed countrywide and will enable Bharti to provide services efficiently.

Sorin Lupu, EVP Global Sales and Marketing at ECI said, “Our Neptune family was developed to help service providers flexibly and cost effectively cope with the surge in data traffic. The products in the family are uniquely scalable, enabling our customers to stagger their investments as their needs change over time. As such they are ELASTIC enough to serve the needs of Tier 1 operators like Bharti as well as smaller service providers.”

Neptune offers a powerful, efficient, E2E metro-core and aggregation solution for high-performance L1 to L3 services through convergence of IP, Elastic MPLS (IP and TP), Ethernet (MEF CE2.0 certified), OTN and WDM. The platform will evolve to support NFV services and SDN applications, compulsory in future metro environments.

“Bharti’s decision to choose the Neptune family is a huge vote of confidence, in terms of our solution as well as ECI. We are confident that ECI’s Neptune solutions will satisfy Bharti’s current as well as future needs,” Sorin added.

Neptune is designed to efficiently and reliably carry packet traffic, while maintaining essential carrier-grade characteristics like low transit latency, hitless protection and restoration mechanisms. The platforms combine a scalable modular architecture, with a minimal footprint in a rugged solution designed to meet any network topology.

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February 21, 2016 2:14 pm 2:14 PM
Airtel deducted my complete balance of Rs. 65 yesterday. I have 3G pack activated & was using net on my laptop via tethering. Upon disconnection, I found that I only have Re 1 left in my main balance. However my 3G balance still had 12 MB remaining. When I called up CC, they said that your last internet usage was of 15 MB. Since you have only 12 MB left in your data account so the billing (for 15 MB) was done from main account. I was shocked, what’s the use of 3G pack if your main balance gets deducted… Read more »
February 21, 2016 11:14 pm 11:14 PM
SMS ‘STOP’ to 1925.. its actually a service meant for data service deactivation. But the main attraction of this service is that you will never be charged from your main balance for any data usage.. If you don’t have a data pack, you won’t be able to use internet (to prevent deduction from main account). This helps in safeguarding against accidental ‘mobile data’ toggle being switched on.. IF you have a data pack, you can use the internet, either till your validity expires, or till your data balance (MB) expires. That means, peace of mind always. Never ever can any… Read more »
February 22, 2016 10:19 pm 10:19 PM

Thanks for the info.
I will do it.

February 22, 2016 8:13 pm 8:13 PM
My experience about using 1925 with BSNL & Tata Docomo. ( Gujarat circle) 1) Tata Docomo : They are not providing any kind of facilities of 1925 ( Start or Stop). When I tried there CC, they don’t have any idea about 1925 service. [ {Munindra}Hi vishal. This is Munindra. How can I help you today? {vishal}Hi GE,I want some information regarding start – Stop sms to 1925 {vishal}if I send STOP to 1925,what does it actually do? {Munindra}Sorry we don’t have any service with 1925. {vishal}it’s mandatory by TRAI {Munindra}Let me know if you are looking for DND activation?… Read more »
February 21, 2016 10:10 pm 10:10 PM

i had the same problem . listen open up airtel help desk on their site and file a complaint .you will get refund with in 4-5 hours .

February 21, 2016 5:50 pm 5:50 PM

airtel should refund you the amount. Just make a complain.

February 21, 2016 4:49 pm 4:49 PM

Same happened to me many times.. Not only AIRTEL, Idea too has done the same to me. I was having 10mb left, just went to a website. Rs 54 was deducted. When I checked data balance there was still 7mb left. But luckily they have refunded the deducted amount to me, whenever I complained them & explained their fiasco. Its always better to activate data limit on your device to avoid such instances. You can mail them at 121 @ you’ll get your refund for sure.

Sahil Shah
February 21, 2016 11:45 am 11:45 AM

Having lots of issues with Vodafone here in Ahmedabad and Surat. Call drops, slow 3g and 2g does not work. Works for whatsapp but on 2g I cant even open a single website. Complained for network issues at my place but not getting proper reply.

February 22, 2016 1:54 pm 1:54 PM

This problem has started ever since Vodafone used Gujarat’s network to divert the traffic of Chennai (during Floods). Vodafone confirms that the issue has been resolved, but even I am facing the same issue. I’ll port out once I finish my balance. Idea is doing good. Plus I see that AirTel is improving in Gujarat these days. Was getting full coverage in the basement (Tomato’s, CG Road) yesterday in AirTel which never happened in the past.

February 21, 2016 8:37 am 8:37 AM

Airtel does not care for their 2g customer. There is lot of place where they have 2g voice call issues for long time.

February 21, 2016 11:40 am 11:40 AM

Comeon guys they have limitations….. There tech is old and infra is too weak. Besides they are here just to loot….

February 21, 2016 11:28 am 11:28 AM

For me Idea & Airtel’s call quality is good as compared to others. And Rcom is worst among others when it comes to call quality/call getting connected.

February 21, 2016 8:54 am 8:54 AM

Actually no operator cares… I have issues with Vodafone 2G in my area, I complained several times but they don’t listen

Anked Paralkar
February 21, 2016 11:18 am 11:18 AM

Please report issues to Mr.Ravi Shankar Prasad(Telecom Minister) on Twitter for poor quality of services by any mobile operator in India.He will definitely take action against such mobile operators.

February 21, 2016 11:46 am 11:46 AM