Nokia Bags 4G Network Rollout Deal from Idea
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.