Airtel renews mobile network contract with Ericsson

Bharti Airtel has renewed its mobile network contract with Ericsson to deploy 5G-ready radio and transport solutions.
Airtel mobile network IndiaAirtel aims to enhance network capacity and deliver a superior experience to its customers by the deployment of Ericsson Radio System products and solutions. Airtel will be using MINI-LINK 6000 products in order to increase the network’s backhaul capacities.

Randeep Sekhon, CTO of Bharti Airtel, said: “At Airtel, we are obsessed with delivering the best network experience to our customers, especially in these unprecedented times when digital connectivity is more important than ever.”

“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,” Nunzio Mirtillo, head of Ericsson South East Asia, Oceania and India, said in a statement.

Ericsson currently 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.

The June 2020 edition of Ericsson Mobility Report indicates that mobile traffic is projected to triple, reaching 21EB per month in 2025.

LTE accounts for 49 percent of mobile subscriptions in 2019. LTE will be representing 64 percent of mobile subscriptions in 2025. LTE subscriptions in India are forecast to increase from 550 million in 2019 to 820 million in 2025.