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India's Bharti Selects Nokia, Ericsson and Huawei Technologies to Roll Out 3G

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India's Bharti Selects Nokia, Ericsson and Huawei Technologies to Roll Out 3G
September 20, 2010
By Ed Silverstein, TMCnet Contributor


India's top mobile firm Bharti Airtel has awarded contracts to third-generation (3G) network partners – Ericsson, Nokia and Huawei Technologies Co.

These partners will plan, design, deploy and maintain a state-of-the-art 3G HSPA Network in Bharti Airtel (News - Alert) 3G license circles.

This deployment would enable Bharti Airtel extend its leadership position in the Indian market and meet the growing demand for high speed surfing and wireless entertainment in the country.

Bharti was awarded bandwidth to offer 3G services in 13 of India's 22 telecom-service areas in a government auction earlier this year.

India's government began allocating 3G bandwidth at the start of September.

3G allows mobile phone users to surf the Internet, video conference and download music, video and other content at a much faster pace than current second-generation service.

China started offering 3G services last year.

Bharti Airtel is a leading global telecommunications company with operations in 19 countries across Asia and Africa.

The company offers mobile voice and data services, fixed line, high speed broadband, IPTV (News - Alert), DTH, turnkey telecom solutions for enterprises and national and international long distance services to carriers.

Bharti Airtel has been ranked among the six best performing technology companies in the world by BusinessWeek. Bharti Airtel had over 188 million customers across its operations at the end of August 2010.

Ed Silverstein is a contributing editor for TMCnet's InfoTech Spotlight. To read more of his articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Ed Silverstein

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