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Nokia Networks To Build 4G Network For Airtel

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Nokia Networks has bagged a $200-million, or about Rs 1,240-crore contract from Bharti Airtel to build the country’s first 4G network in the 1800 MHz band in six telecom circles.

The mobile technology arm of Nokia Corporation and Airtel will soon announce the deal that will cover Mumbai, MP, West Bengal, Odisha, Punjab and Kerala circles, one person aware of the development told ET.

Both the companies have not responded to ET’s queries as of press time.

4G, or fourth generation mobile communication technology, currently provides the fastest wireless internet connectivity in the country, with download speeds of up to 40 Mbps and upload speeds of up to 20 Mbps. At present all 4G networks in the country run on the 2300 MHz band, which was auctioned by the government as broadband wireless spectrum (BWA) in the 2010 spectrum auctions, and use TDD-LTE technology. Original post at ET Telecom

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