Biggest deals with Indian operators
Vodafone India and Bharti Airtel have both signed major deals with vendors, while Rcom agreed to sell more than half of the shares in its tower business.
Airtel awarded a contract worth $500 million to Nokia which will see the Finnish vendor expand the deployment of 4G to three new regions on top of the six it already serves. Nokia will deploy its 4G FDD-LTE and TD-LTE technology across nine of Bharti Airtel’s circles in India including the regions of Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Rest of Bengal, Odisha, Mumbai, Maharashtra, Kerala and UP East.
But it wasn’t all good news for the Finnish firm in India as it lost its three-year managed services agreement with Vodafone India to rival Huawei.
The agreement, which is worth $220 million, will see the Chinese vendor provide managed services, including network operations, across Kerala, Tamil Nadu and the Chennai and Odisha districts.
Huawei also recently won a contract with Bharti Airtel to upgrade its wireline network with vectoring, which has seen the firm boost broadband speeds to 100Mbps. It rolled this out to Chennai on 14 October, but has promised to launch the faster service in 87 minutes within the next year.