airnokiaNokia Networks, the telecommunications equipment arm of Nokia Corporation, has bagged a $200 million deal with Bharti Airtel to build 4G networks in the 1800 MHz band across 6 cities of Mumbai, MP, West Bengal, Odisha, Punjab and Kerala circles, which would be the first in the country.
The existing 4G networks in India are in the 2300 MHz band which was auctioned by the government in the wireless broadband spectrum in 2010 and works in the TDD-LTE (Time-Division Duplexing) technology. Airtel’s 4G works at 1800 MHz on the FDD-LTE (Frequency Division Duplexing) technology which is older and considered to support more devices.
Airtel has won 97 MHz airwaves in the 1800 MHz band across 15 cities. The firm plans to roll out the 4G FDD LTE across India in the 1800 MHz band.
4G has not seen much success in India so far as none of the players have launched a full scale deployment of 4G services. Reliance Jio’s plans on 4G were delayed last year while Airtel’s 4G in Bangalore last was limited to iPhone users using 5C and 5S phones only.
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