Thursday, March 10, 2011

Ericsson Deploys 3G Core and RAN in Delhi for Airtel

Ericsson announced the deployment of its latest core and radio technology to support the launch of airtel's 3G services in Delhi and the National Capital Region. The network was deployed only 5 months and will be able to serve 7.6 million customers in the region. airtel 3G services in Delhi will have a comprehensive presence, delivering speeds up to 21 Mbps even in indoor environments.

Ericsson is supplying a 3G network based on WCDMA/HSPA technology across 8 circles. The company is providing services like network rollout, network design, network integration and training. The network comprises more than 1,800 radio base stations based on Ericsson's RBS 6000, and the latest core technology, which will drastically boost the capacity of the network and evolve it into an IP network.

Ericsson estimates the mobile broadband customers will hit the one billion mark in 2011. The greatest number of customers, around 400 million, is expected to be concentrated in the Asia Pacific region. By 2016, the number of mobile broadband customers is forecast to be close to 5 billion, with 95 percent on HSPA, CDMA and LTE networks.

  • In September 2010, Bharti Airtel announced the selection of Ericsson India, Nokia Siemens Networks and Huawei Technologies as network partners to launch 3G Services in India. Bharti Airtel awarded majority of the 3G License Circles to Ericsson India. With this, Ericsson continues to be Bharti's largest Network Partner across 2G and 3G circles in the country. On the same lines, Bharti has also expanded its relationship with Nokia Siemens Networks, which would manage Bharti's 3G Network in 3 circles across India. Bharti Airtel has also introduced Huawei Technologies as the 3rd partner for offering 3G services in a few circles.