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Nokia Selected by Bharti Airtel for 5G Deployment

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  • Award of the contract for the roll-out of the 5G radio access network with a market share of approximately 45%
  • Nokia delivers its market-leading AirScale Base Station portfolio
  • Marks Nearly 18 Years of Continuing Collaboration on RAN Technologies of 2G, 3G, 4G and Now 5G with Bharti Airtel in India

August 3, 2022

New Delhi, India – Nokia today announced that it has signed a deal with leading telecom operator Bharti Airtel to deploy 5G radio access networks (RAN). This multi-year deal follows the recently concluded 5G spectrum auctions and the allocation of pan-India spectrum to Bharti Airtel, in support of their ambition to bring India into the 5G era.

Nokia will provide equipment from its market-leading AirScale portfolio, including modular and scalable baseband and high-capacity 5G massive MIMO radios.

Gopal Vittal, MD & CEO of Bharti Airtel said: “We are excited to continue our partnership with Nokia and take India into the 5G era. Airtel has always believed that the real leverage of 5G technology will come from its ability to build an ecosystem across devices, networks, applications and services. As mobile penetration increases across India, mobile telecom services will have a transformative impact across all sectors of the economy. Airtel is investing in the right areas and working with the right partners to serve our customers even better.”

Pekka Lundmark, President and CEO at Nokia said: “This landmark agreement strengthens our long-standing partnership with Bharti Airtel. We are delighted that they have chosen Nokia’s best-in-class AirScale baseband and radio portfolio to deliver superior 5G performance on one of the world’s largest networks. I look forward to our continued successful long-term partnership in this vital and dynamic market.”


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About Airtel
Airtel, headquartered in India, is a global communications solutions provider serving more than 490 million customers in 17 countries in South Asia and Africa. The company is among the top three mobile operators worldwide and its networks cover more than two billion people. Airtel is the largest provider of integrated communications solutions in India and the second largest mobile operator in Africa. Airtel’s retail portfolio includes fast 4G/4.5G mobile broadband, Airtel Xstream Fiber promising speeds of up to 1 Gbps with convergence between linear and on-demand entertainment, music and video streaming services, digital payments and financial services. For enterprise customers, Airtel offers a range of solutions, including secure connectivity, cloud and data center services, cybersecurity, IoT, Ad Tech and cloud-based communications. Visit for more details

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