Big­gest deals with In­dian op­er­a­tors

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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.

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