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Bharti Airtel looks to video rich future with 4G

Communications conglomerate Bharti Airtel is contracting Nokia Siemens Networks to roll out a fourth generation (4G) mobile network to help support India's increased mobile data traffic and, in particular, future demand for video streaming.

The TD-LTE network, which can provide data speeds of up to 100 Mb/s, will operate in the 2.3GHz frequency band allocated by the Indian Government for broadband wireless access (BWA) technologies.

"In the next five years, data will be the main thrust in India, riding on the waves of 3G or 4G technologies. As per industry estimates, mobile data traffic in the country will increase nearly 100-fold by 2015 and consumers will stream nearly 600 hours of video content - every second, thus paving way for the ensuing data revolution," said Sanjay Kapoor, chief executive, Bharti Airtel (India and South Asia).

"LTE provides ultra high speed data access, in conjunction with 3G, this will lead the data revolution and drive fundamental changes in individual lifestyles, businesses and the society at large. We look forward to the advent of 4G technology which will be launched in India at the same time, as the rest of the world," he added.

Nokia Siemens Networks will use its newly introduced TD-LTE 6 pipes radio, to reduce site space and the operator's total cost of ownership per site compared to the traditional approach of using one remote radio head per sector. The company is also deploying the technology in Russia, Brazil and Saudi Arabia.

"As Bharti Airtel's long-standing partner, we are glad to be chosen for the launch of 4G services. With our expertise and focus on mobile broadband, we hope to assist the operator in taking mobile broadband experience to a completely new level for its customers," said Ashish Chowdhary, head of customer operations, Asia and Middle East, Nokia Siemens Networks.

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