A statement from Ericsson said continued use of Ericsson Radio System products and solutions would enhance Airtel’s network capacity. Additionally, the use of MINI-LINK 6000 products would increase Airtel's network’s backhaul capacities.
The companies have been dealing with each other for 25 years and the extension follows the announcement of a renewed Pan-India managed services contract in July.
Bharti AIrtel chief technology officer Randeep Sekhon said: “At Airtel, we are obsessed with delivering the best network experience to our customers, especially in these unprecedented times when digital connectivity is more important than ever.
Nunzio Mirtillo, head of Ericsson South East Asia, Oceania and India, said: “We appreciate the trust Airtel has shown in us by making their network 5G-ready and expanding our footprint in their network.
"The products manufactured in India will continue to benefit Indian users by enhancing Airtel’s network capacity and enabling it to cater to the country’s fast-growing data traffic needs.”
The statement pointed out that Ericsson had been the first telecommunications equipment provider to start manufacturing in India, in 1994. The company now makes 4G and 5G radios as well as microwave products at its production facility in Pune, a unit that is part of Ericsson’s global production network with a presence on six continents
It cited the June 2020 edition of Ericsson Mobility Report which claimed that India remained the region with the highest usage per smartphone per month. Total traffic is projected to triple, reaching 21 exabytes per month in 2025.
LTE remains the dominant technology in India, accounting for 49% of mobile subscriptions in 2019 and will continue to be dominant, representing 64% of mobile subscriptions in 2025. LTE subscriptions in India are forecast to increase from 550 million in 2019 to 820 million in 2025, increasing at a compound annual growth rate of 7%.