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Huawei Bags 4G Network Deal From Bharti Airtel

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Chinese telecom gear maker Huawei Technologies has secured a three-year contract from India’s No 1 telecom carrier Bharti Airtel for supply of base stations and other equipment for its 4G network in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu telecom circles.

“We just got the deal from Bharti Airtel’s high-speed data services on the 1800 MHz band using the FDD-LTE technology for two of their biggest telecom circles in the country,” Huawei India chief executive Cai Liqun told ET. Cai did not disclose the size of the deal, the second in the country for rolling out services using the FDD-LTE technology, which uses the 1800 MHz band.

Bharti Airtel has already started 4G services in 15 cities on the TDD-LTE technology that uses the 2300 MHz band. Huawei has been working with the telco for their TDD-LTE technology-based 4G networks in Karnataka and Delhi circles. Including the two, Bharti Airtel has the 2300 MHz frequency in eight circles. In addition, Bharti Airtel won airwaves in the 1800 MHz band in 15 circles including Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata in February. Recently, it selected Swedish telecom gear maker Ericsson for 4G services in two circles on FDD-LTE, which is more widely accepted globally, compared with TDD-LTE. Original post at ET Telecom

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