Bharti Airtel is a big telco by any size. The company has operations in 19 countries across Asia and Africa. And today, it announced an agreement with Huawei to modernize and expand Airtel’s 2G & 3G network infrastructure in Africa. Huawei will be responsible for designing, planning, modernization and expansion of Bharti Airtel’s networks, as well as managing operations and maintenance. This Managed Capacity Manager Service business model will enhance the customer experience through improved voice quality and extended coverage into under-penetrated areas. The agreement will enable Airtel Africa to rapidly expand its mobile services and mobile broadband footprint in the region.

Announcing the agreement Mr. Manoj Kohli, CEO (International) and Joint Managing Director, Bharti Airtel, said “The partnership with Huawei takes us one step closer to realising our vision of making affordable and world-class telecom services available to Africa.  This partnership will allow us to focus on delivering better customer experience as we leverage the global network management expertise of Huawei. It also lays the foundation for the introduction of 3G HSPA wireless broadband services. We firmly believe that mobile broadband is a major catalyst for economic growth and development, and with this partnership we will be able to offer world-class and affordable voice & internet experience to our customers while contributing to the economic growth in Africa.”

The modernization and optimization of networks will give Bharti Airtel an opportunity to lower its operating expenditure and roll-out innovative and exciting customer centric products & services at affordable prices.

Under the terms of the agreement, Huawei will deploy its complete GSM and 3G product portfolio including BTS 3900 multi-standard radio base stations working with GSM and HSPA technologies, which will further be equipped and prepared for Long Term Evolution (LTE).