Ericsson and Huawei to build and manage Airtel’s Bangla network

7 Oct 2010

Reuters reports that India’s Bharti Airtel has announced new contracts with technology providers Ericsson of Sweden and China’s Huawei to build and manage its 2G/3G mobile network in Bangladesh. Whilst it did not disclose financial details of the agreements, the Indian group said that Ericsson would manage the majority of the company’s network capacity in Bangladesh. Last month Ericsson, Huawei and Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) were chosen by Airtel as its network equipment partners for rolling out 3G mobile services in the country. TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database notes that Airtel’s purchase of a 70% stake in Warid Telecom (Bangladesh) was given regulatory approval in January, and the cellco is expected to be renamed Airtel Bangla by the end of the year.

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