Telenor set for mobile broadband transformation with Huawei’s spectrum efficient GSM solution

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Telecom firm Telenor India, which operates in six circles in India, has deployed its partner Huawei's spectrum efficient Lean GSM solution across 28 cities, including Ahmedabad, Lucknow and Varanasi, in the country.


The solution improves the network capacity by over 30% using the same spectrum resources and claims to provide superior voice and data experience. It uses GPS-based synchronisation and automated interference management based on real-time network measurement. Additional capacity can also be utilised in spectrum refarming for LTE introduction.

The solution has been deployed as part of the telco’s 25,000-site network modernisation journey.

Tanveer Mohammad, Chief Operating Officer, Telenor India Communications, said, “At Telenor, we are committed to extend benefits of affordable mobile connectivity to our mass market customers to ride the wave of digitisation trends that are empowering people and communities globally. The network modernisation will help us achieve our vision of becoming a digital services provider. It will enable us to launch relevant services that will offer more value to our customers.”

Telenor also crossed the first milestone of swapping 5,000 sites with state-of-the-art equipment in less than 90 days since the project was launched. This is the fastest upgrade on a live network in the telecom industry with an average 55 sites being swapped in a day. The 5,000 swap was completed by Huawei on December 31 and at these sites, Telenor is now ready to deliver high speed Internet to its customers in its six operating circles. The company aims to complete the swap of its remaining sites by end of 2016.

“One of the strategic pillars of Telenor’s customer-centric business has been efficient operations. The network upgrade is not just about new technology but also about higher efficiencies. At the sites, which have been migrated to Lean GSM, we already have 85% less congestion and data throughput has gone up by over 20%. In addition, the new equipment is environment friendly as it consumes almost 30% less power,” he said.

Huawei GSM Product Line President Zhang Jiayi said, "Lean GSM is gateway to affordable mobile broadband. In the future, we will continue to leverage our strength in telecom industry thereby providing innovative solutions to support Telenor India’s mobile broadband transformation."

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