Indian market leader Vodafone Idea has selected Ericsson to deploy 5G-ready equipment across select markets in India.
Vodafone India and Idea Cellular merged in August 2018, creating one of the biggest telecom network integration and consolidation projects in the world. As a partner, Ericsson is deploying next-generation technology with built-in customisations and innovations to deliver rich consumer experience while building a robust, future-proof network.
As part of the contract, Ericsson is supplying radio access and transport equipment from its 5G-ready Ericsson Radio System portfolio, including the MINI-LINK 6000 microwave backhaul solution.
These deployments will provide Vodafone Idea’s network with advanced LTE capabilities, high capacity, low latency microwave backhaul and enable rapid deployment 5G services in future. It will also improve the operator’s spectral and energy efficiency while increasing overall network capacity. Vodafone Idea customers will enjoy higher speeds while using apps, uploading and downloading files.
Nunzio Mirtillo, Head of Ericsson South East Asia, Oceania and India says, “The 5G-ready solutions in the Ericsson Radio System portfolio will help boost the capacity of Vodafone Idea’s LTE network and broaden the availability of high-quality mobile broadband services for its customers. These deployments will play an important role in building the operator’s future-ready 5G network.”
Ericsson India has already begun radio access and microwave network consolidation and modernisation with the cornerstones of increased coverage, quality and capacity with optimal opex and capex efficiency. Consolidation of existing deployed base (2G/3G) will be carried out to maximise spectrum on LTE, followed by ongoing optimisation of the network in order to enhance end-user experience.