Airtel will reportedly deploy Nokia’s Single Radio Access Network (SRAN) solution across 9 circles in India.
Nokia also announced management changes with Tommi Uitto appointed president of Mobile Networks.
Nokia has sold its small digital health business, including activity trackers and smartwatches.
Nokia CEO Rajiv Suri sees telecom operators accelerating their 5G rollout timelines by nearly a year
Suri said he believed Nokia was well positioned for the 5G era, partly thanks to its 2016 acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent that broadened its portfolio.
The unit was bought by Nokia last year as part of its 15.6 billion-euro ($17 billion) acquisition of Franco-American rival Alcatel-Lucent.
Nokia’s network sales fell 9 percent in the third quarter to $5.7 billion, while operating profit in the business dropped 23 percent to 334 million.
Nokia is introducing the 7950 petabit-class router aimed at the core routing market to help it win business from customers such as Apple and Facebook. A petabit can transmit 5,000 two-hour-long high-definition videos every second.
Finnish telecom networks equipment maker Nokia reported a slowing rate of sales decline on Thursday, saying the global networks market was showing signs of recovery, particularly in North America and India.
Nokia revealed its outlook on Tuesday at an investor meeting in Barcelona, where it warned markets for networks equipment next year would decline.
Nokia has succumbed to a downturn in the telecoms equipment business, posting a sharp drop in quarterly earnings and warning that demand for the kit which drives global network traffic would shrink further in the coming year.
Nokia reported Tuesday a first-quarter net loss of 513 million euros ($584 million) due to lower demand in mobile networks and a drop in overall revenue despite its acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent. It warned of a further decline in earnings, causing the shares to plunge 7 percent.
While 5G is essentially what would follow 4G, there are significant transformations underway in the manner in which the networks are designed and optimised.
Nokia is hiring software experts, testing new products and seeking sales partners as it plots its return to the mobile phone and consumer tech arena it abandoned with the sale of its handset business.
Nokia's acquisition of smaller rival Alcatel-Lucent may avoid the pitfalls that befell earlier telecom network equipment marriages, thanks to a revolution over the past decade in how products are launched and developed.
Nokia today announced the 46-year-old India born Rajvee Suri will be it's new CEO.