Airtel extends Ericsson contract for 5G-ready network

October 07, 2020 //By Jean-Pierre Joosting
Airtel extends Ericsson contract for 5G-ready network
Multi-year deal to deploy Ericsson radio access network (RAN) and transport systems, manufactured in India for Airtel 5G-ready network.

Airtel, India’s largest integrated communications service provider and Ericsson have strengthened their long-standing partnership with a renewed multi-year contract to supply and deploy 5G-ready radio and transport systems from Ericsson.

The continued deployment of Ericsson Radio System products and systems will enhance Airtel’s network capacity and deliver a superior experience to its customers. By using MINI-LINK 6000 products, Airtel will also increase the network’s backhaul capacities.

The extended agreement is another milestone in the companies’ 25-year partnership and follows the announcement of a renewed Pan-India managed services contract in July of this year.

Nunzio Mirtillo, Head of Ericsson South East Asia, Oceania and India, says: “The products manufactured in India will continue to benefit Indian users by enhancing Airtel’s network capacity and enabling it to cater to the country’s fast-growing data traffic needs.”  

Ericsson was the first telecom equipment provider to start manufacturing in India in 1994. Today, the company manufactures 4G and 5G radios as well as microwave products at its Pune production facility. This facility is part of Ericsson’s global production network with presence on six continents, allowing Ericsson to secure fast and agile deliveries to meet customer requirements.

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