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Ericsson Wins Airtel 4G, Charging Deals; Pockets 2 Deals from Idea

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Ericsson Tuesday said that it has inked a 4G network deal with Bharti Airtel, while people familiar with the matter added the Swedish telecom gear maker has also signed some other deals with India’s No. 1 carrier and No. 3 operator Idea Cellular.

Ericsson didn’t give further details of the deal on 4G, a technology which is in its infancy in India. Only Reliance Jio Infocomm has a pan-India license to offer 4G on the 2300 Mhz band (TDD-LTE standard), but it hasn’t launched services so far. Bharti Airtel and Aircel have launched services in a few cities on that band.

Jio and Airtel, apart from some other telcos such as Vodafone India and Idea, won spectrum in the 1800 Mhz band in the recent February auctions, which can also be used for 4G on the FDD-LTE technology in future which has a wider global acceptance than the TDD-LTE standard. Original post at ET Telecom

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