Aircel and ZTE announce 4G roll-out agreement

31 December 2013 | Sophie Donoghue


Indian operator Aircel has signed an agreement with Chinese equipment vendor ZTE to roll-out its 4G LTE network in India.

During the first phase, ZTE will deploy the LTE network in Chennai, Rest of Tamil Nadu (RoTN) circle and a number of other important regions.

The Aircel said it has been updating its network to address rising demand for data fuelled by the growth of internet enabled devices.

The operator will be able to offer download speeds of over 65 Mbps, giving its enterprise and retail business a boost.

"We are happy to partner with ZTE for the deployment of our 4G LTE networks in India,” said Anupam Vasudev, CMO of Aircel. ”With this association, we are confident in delivering 'next-generation' networks, critical to meet the growing demand of data in the country."

ZTE and Aircel’s partnership goes back to 2008, when ZTE supported Aircel’s 2G and 3G roll-out in the north of the country.

Mr. Xu Dejun, CEO, ZTE India. “This alliance has allowed ZTE to further cement our position as the partner of choice for telecom operators in the country

This announcement follows ZTE’s recent deal with China Telecom to provide evolved packet core (EPC) equipment for its LTE network across 15 Chinese provinces.