Idea chooses Ericsson to deploy its 4G/LTE network

Ericsson has been selected by Idea Cellular, the mobile services operator in India with over 170 million subscribers, to deploy a 4G/LTE network and to transform its existing 2G and 3G networks.


Ericsson has been selected by Idea Cellular, the mobile services operator in India with over 170 million subscribers, to deploy a 4G/LTE network and to transform its existing 2G and 3G networks.

The LTE deployment will cover select telecom circles which serve over 40 million subscribers. It will enable Idea Cellular to deliver superior mobile broadband experiences, including faster mobile data speeds and better smartphone performance, to its subscribers.

The contract covers equipment, software and a range of professional services, including project management, systems integration and supervisory managed services for 4GLTE across select circles for a period of two years. Ericsson will install its multi-standard RBS 6000 radio base station, which supports GSM/EDGE, WCDMA/HSPA and LTE in a single cabinet and upgrade core network and operations support systems (OSS).

The agreement also includes the transformation of Idea Cellular’s existing mobile radio access and core network infrastructure across nine circles for 2G and five circles for 3G.
For licensing purposes, the Indian telecom market is divided into 22 geographical zones, referred to as circles.

Himanshu Kapania, CEO, Idea Cellular, says, “We are committed to offering our customers the best possible mobile experience. Transforming our 2G and 3G network will enable us to offer optimized mobile data and better smartphone performance, while our LTE deployments will take the customer experience on Idea Cellular’s networks to the next level.”

Paolo Colella, Head of Region India, Ericsson, says: “The latest Ericsson Mobility Report shows that India added more mobile subscriptions than any other region in Q3 2015. These subscribers are increasingly demanding better network quality and superior services.”

Ericsson is present in all high-traffic LTE markets, including the US, Japan and South Korea. More than 230 Ericsson LTE RAN and evolved Packet Core networks have been delivered worldwide, of which 170 are live commercially.


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