Indian telecoms operator Bharti Airtel has awarded a three-year supply contract to Chinese vendor Huawei Technologies, the Economic Times reports. Under the deal, Huawei will provide base stations and other equipment for Airtel’s 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network in the 1800MHz band in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu circles. Huawei India’s CEO Cai Liqun was cited as saying: ‘We just got the deal from Bharti Airtel’s high speed data services on the 1800MHz band using the FDD-LTE technology for two of their biggest telecom circles in the country.’ No financial details related to the contract have been disclosed.
According to TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, in February 2014 Airtel spent INR185.3 billion (USD2.93 billion) on the government’s spectrum auction, securing 900MHz frequencies in Delhi, Kolkata and Mumbai as well as 1800MHz in 15 circles, which the cellco said it would use to expand its 4G network across India. The operator currently offers Time Division LTE (TD-LTE) services in the 2300MHz band in eight circles: Kolkata, Bengaluru, Pune, Chandigarh, Mohali, Panchkula, Ludhiana and Jalandhar.