India’s Aircel to go 4G with China’s ZTE


Aircel will be rolling out its network with ZTE’s equipment, extending their partnership with the Chinese networking vendor.

Aircel was awarded broadband wireless access (BWA) licenses for eight telecome circles across India and have been busy preparing their network in order to meet increasing demand whilst also bidding to become the country’s second operator to offer LTE services, after Bharti Airtel.

The first deployment phase will see ZTE roll out the LTE network for Aircel in Chinnai, Rest of Tamil Nadu circle, and other business-critical circles, according to a Times Of India report. This initial roll-out will come accompanied with speeds of 65Mbps.

“We are happy to partner with ZTE for the deployment of our 4G LTE Networks in India. With this association, we are confident in delivering ‘next-generation’ networks, critical to meet the growing demand of data in the country,” Aircel CMO Anupam Vasudev said. “The huge demand for Internet-enabled devices, such as smartphones and tablets among the largely young population, along with increase in consumption of data on Internet and rising demand for content, are some of the factors fueling the exponential growth in data.”

ZTE India CEO Xu Dejun added: “With this alliance, we have strongly established ourselves as the partner of choice for the telecom operators in the country; to develop and maintain their LTE ecosystem and also contributed to our long term vision of developing sustainable LTE in India.”

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