Nokia Siemens Networks to run mobile networks for Airtel in Africa.

By bne IntelliNews September 30, 2011
India's top mobile phone carrier Bharti Airtel said it has entered into an agreement with Nokia Siemens Networks to expand its 2G (GSM/EDGE) networks and deploy 3G networks in seven African countries. Under the agreement, Nokia Siemens Networks will manage end-to-end network operations, including planning, designing and implementing the 2G and 3G networks for Airtel, the companies said in a statement. The vendor will provide its Flexi Multiradio Base Stations to expand network coverage to under-served areas, including smaller towns and villages in the seven countries. Nokia Siemens Networks will use its FlexiHybrid microwave radio to address growing data traffic and provide the platform for a cost-effective transition to 3G, and potentially 4G networks in the future. The company will also provide its NetAct network management system for effective network monitoring and management. In 2010, Bharti paid USD 9bn to acquire the cellular operations Kuwait-based Zain in 15 African countries.

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