Nokia Bags 4G Net­work Roll­out Deal from Idea

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HIMANSHUKAMPANIA MD, Idea Cel­lu­lar

New Delhi: Nokia has bagged a 4G net­work roll­out deal from Idea Cel­lu­lar for Ker­ala, Andhra Pradesh and Haryana cir­cles, along with net­work mod­erni­sa­tion ones across six cir­cles for 2G and four cir­cles for 3G.

Un­der the pact, In­dia’s third-largest op­er­a­tor Idea Cel­lu­lar will de­ploy Nokia’s sin­gle RAN tech­nol­ogy, which en­ables si­mul­ta­ne­ous 2G/3G/4G oper­a­tions on one plat­form, the two com­pa­nies said in a state­ment. They didn’t share the value of the deals.

Nokia’s 4G deal fol­lows a sim­i­lar one with Voda­fone In­dia for three lu­cra­tive telecom cir­cles — Mum­bai, Kolkata and Pun­jab. With the lat­est deal, Idea now has 4G LTE net­work ar­range­ments with all three ma­jor gear mak­ers — Nokia, Eric­s­son and Huawei, which bagged sim­i­lar 4G net­work de­ploy­ment con­tract for Pun­jab, Tamil Nadu and Odisha cir­cles. Idea is rapidly rolling out 4G net­works in var­i­ous cir­cles to com­pete with Bharti Air­tel and Voda­fone In­dia, even as Re­liance Jio In­fo­comm pre­pares to launch.

“We were look­ing for a so­lu­tion which can sup­port mul­ti­ple ra­dio tech­nolo­gies si­mul­ta­ne­ously on a sin­gle plat­form. We found it in Nokia’s Sin­gle RAN so­lu­tion, com­pli­mented by its energy-ef­fi­cient and flex­i­ble site so­lu­tions,” Hi­man­shu Ka­pa­nia, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor, Idea Cel­lu­lar, said in the joint state­ment.

Un­der the pact, Idea Cel­lu­lar will de­ploy Nokia’s Sin­gle RAN tech­nol­ogy, which en­ables si­mul­ta­ne­ous 2G/3G/4G op­er­a­tion on one plat­form. The telco will also get Self Or­ga­niz­ing Net­works (SON) soft­ware fea­tures for more net­work ef­fi­ciency, along with a vir­tu­alised op­er­a­tional sup­port sys­tem (OSS).

Nokia will also pro­vide op­er­a­tional sup­port sys­tems, along with pro­fes­sional ser­vices, net­work plan­ning, sys­tem in­te­gra­tion and su­per­vi­sor man­aged ser­vices sup­port.

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