Nokia strengthens Airtel’s 4G deployment across nine circles in India

The global technology leader Nokia and the telecom operator Bharti Airtel have joined together to deploy 4G technology across nine circles in India as a means to meet the increasing data demand in the country.


According to Nokia, India reports a massive increase in 4G LTE device ecosystem. Also, there is an increase in the access of news, video content, gaming and social media and the traffic from these contents account for around 60% of the country’s mobile data traffic. This estimate is further on the rise.

“To address this growth, Bharti Airtel has acquired more mobile broadband spectrum. The new agreement with Nokia will see it expand the deployment of 4G technology in three new circles in addition to six circles it already serves, enabling the launch of new services that started in September,” a statement released from Nokia said.

The circles that receive the new deployment include the regions of Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Rest of Bengal, Odisha, Mumbai, Maharashtra, Kerala and UP East, serving major cities such as Lucknow, Ahmedabad, Patna, and Siliguri.

Besides the deployment of 4G FDD-LTE and TD-LTE technology, Nokia will also expand the 3G network in eight of the territories. It will also assist in the modernization of 2G BTS. Nokia will be in charge of the network integration and network planning and optimization.

Commenting on the 4G deployment in nine circles, Sanjay Malik, head of India Market at Nokia said, “We have a long history of working with Bharti Airtel and with this latest agreement we have become the largest supplier of 4G for the company. This network expansion will provide the capacity, coverage and speeds the company needs to meet the next wave of data demand in India.”

“We are pleased to continue to leverage Nokia’s leading radio access technology and services expertise to expand 4G capacity and coverage and further increase the quality of service for subscribers,” Airtel said.

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October 19, 2016 3:32 am 3:32 AM

Good to Airtel use Nokia instead of some crappy Chinese telecom equipment provider.

October 18, 2016 8:00 pm 8:00 PM

Future of 4G will rely on HD VoLTE calls too, Is airtel prepared for that bcz while receiving and dialing on airtel 4G the mobile has to switch the network which is inconvenient it restarts the data connection.
Without VoLTE 4G is incomplete…Airtel and all other providers need to consider that.

Kiran Fernandes | Goa
October 19, 2016 3:12 am 3:12 AM

It doesn’t restart the data. It just switches to 2g or 3g, and the data is paused if it goes to 2g, and resumes when the call is completed. If it goes to 3g, you’ll get data on 3g and when the call completes, the data will be switched back to 4g.

Devraj Khatri
October 18, 2016 11:25 pm 11:25 PM

VOLTE is not mandatory for survival of the network when an operator provides full-fledged LTE services. CSFB is best for new future voice telephony unless the operators deploy a separate band for VOLTE.

October 18, 2016 10:51 pm 10:51 PM

Sez who? Check your cheap phone, doesnt happen on Samsung A7 OR Sony X

>> while receiving and dialing on airtel 4G the mobile has to switch the network which is inconvenient it restarts the data connection.

October 20, 2016 12:27 am 12:27 AM

Cheap phone has nothing to do with it, I have checked the issue extensively on handsets from LG, HTC, Oppo, Vivo and Xiaomi.

CSFB switching to 2G/3G is a real problem in LTE networks of all incumbents. It does cause problems with data connectivity. If call connects via 2G network data is either paused or….disconnected temporarily (network dependent). If switches to 3G then data continues as normal.

If you are going to use CSFB-based LTE then choose an operator who also has good 3G coverage in your area.

Mandar Sherbet
October 18, 2016 7:17 pm 7:17 PM

The headline talks as if the Network deployment work is already over. Whereas they have just signed the agreement and the actual work will be done over the next 4 to 6 months or so. Airtel is champion at using the media platforms to it’s advantage.