The contract with the pan- India mobile service provider will also mean that ZTE will be responsible for the 2G network upgrade as well as implementing the new 3G network and subsequent upgrades.
The UMTS network for Aircel is based on ZTE’s SDR, which is a unified 2G/3G/HSPA/HSPA+ platform. When the work is done it will provide multiple modes in a single base station as well as help with the transition towards next generation networks such as LTE.
India is an important market for ZTE. In 2009 the company recruited more than 1,000 locals for a local-to-overseas employment ratio of more than 90 percent. It continued to expand this year with its engineering services centre in Delhi.
“This contract between ZTE and Aircel is a significant one for ZTE in the Indian market,” said Mr. Huang Dabin, CEO of ZTE India. “As always, ZTE will continue to invest in and maintain a commitment to the Indian market, especially since our Indian customers are regarded as strategic global partners.”
According to the company ZTE has more than 4,000 R&D staff focusing on 4G technology development. It also claims to already have 12 LTE commercial application contracts and more than 65 test networks around the world.