ZTE India, today announced that it has entered into an agreement with Aircel, a leading telecom service provider, to deploy its 4G LTE network in the country. In the first stage, the LTE deployment will be initiated in Chennai, Rest of Tamil Nadu (RoTN) and few other business critical circles.
This announcement comes at a time when ZTE completes the migration of Aircel's data services to ZTE's 4G LTE evolved packet core for Chennai and RoTN circles. ZTE has enjoyed a long term relationship with Aircel since 2008 supporting their 2G-3G roll-out in three circles of the north zone and is also the key Vendor for Aircel in Next Generation Networks (NGN) for Pan India. The fulfillment of the evolved packet core deployment in the south zones further cements the long term partnership between the two companies. ZTE has enabled Aircel with high capacity and capability solutions with access agnostic functions for 2G, 3G and 4G LTE services.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Xu Dejun, CEO, ZTE India said, "We are happy to partner with Aircel to rollout their 4G LTE network in India. We are fully committed to plan, design, supply and deploy state of the art LTE ecosystem which will help Aircel offer unprecedented experience to their customers. With this alliance, we have strongly established ourselves as the partner of choice for the telecom operators in the country; to develop and maintain their LTE ecosystem and also contributed to our long term vision of developing sustainable LTE in India. In the initial phase of our rollout, we aim to offer our customers some of the highest data speeds in the country - in excess of 65 Mbps"
Anupam Vasudev, CMO, Aircel added, "As a leading data player in the country, we have always believed in the potential of 4G LTE as a technology. We believe that data is the growth engine of the future and a cutting edge technology such as 4G LTE has the ability to empower consumers like never before. The huge demand for internet enabled devices, such as smartphones and tablets among the largely young population, along with increase in consumption of data on internet and rising demand for content are some of the factors fuelling the exponential growth in data. We are happy to partner with ZTE for the deployment of our 4G LTE Networks in India. With this association, we are confident in delivering ‘next-generation' networks, critical to meet the growing demand of data in the country."
ZTE is a leader in developing LTE technologies and till date has applied for 381 essential patents (EPs) for LTE standards, which account for approximately seven percent of the total number of EP applications globally. The organization offers a full range of LTE base stations, including widely distributed macro stations. It has won 60 contracts for LTE commercial application and has deployed test networks in cooperation with more than 140 operators across the globe.