Bharti Airtel has selected ECI's Neptune (NPT) family of products to expand its mobile backhaul transport capabilities across India to support the increasing demand for bandwidth.
The market-leading Indian operator chose ECI’s Neptune solutions for their ‘state of the art’ Evolved Packet Transport (EPT) Network. The solutions will be deployed countrywide and will enable Bharti to provide services efficiently as it migrates its mobile networks from 2G to 3G to 4G, and eventually to LTE-A.
Neptune offers a powerful, efficient, E2E metro-core and aggregation solution for high-performance L1 to L3 services through convergence of IP, Elastic MPLS (IP and TP), Ethernet (MEF CE2.0 certified), OTN and WDM. The platform will evolve to support NFV services and SDN applications, compulsory in future metro environments.
Sorin Lupu, EVP Global Sales and Marketing at ECI, said that the solutions were “developed to help service providers flexibly and cost effectively cope with the surge in data traffic. The products…are uniquely scalable, enabling our customers to stagger their investments as their needs change over time. As such they are elastic enough to serve the needs of Tier 1 operators like Bharti as well as smaller service providers.”
Neptune is designed to efficiently and reliably carry packet traffic, while maintaining essential carrier-grade characteristics like low transit latency, hitless protection and restoration mechanisms. The platforms combine a scalable modular architecture, with a minimal footprint in a rugged solution designed to meet any network topology.