Idea Cellular chooses ECI for optical network upgrades

ECI said it was chosen by Idea Cellular Ltd. to upgrade its optical network. According to the optical transport systems vendor, Idea is upgrading its network to meet customers' growing bandwidth and data demands. The Indian telecom operator will deploy ECI's access DWDM technology over half of its network.

ECI said it was chosen by Idea Cellular Ltd. to upgrade its optical network. According to the optical transport systems vendor, Idea is upgrading its network to meet customers' growing bandwidth and data demands. The Indian telecom operator will deploy ECI's accessDWDM technology over half of its network.

With traffic in excess of 2.5 billion minutes a day, Idea has a spectrum portfolio of approximately 900 MHz in FDD and TDD bands, and operates in 36 countries. ECI's technology will improve the performance of Idea's current infrastructure and lay the foundation for further upgrades, says the systems vendor.

Demand for high-speed broadband and mobile data in India, a country regarded as one of the world's largest mobile data consumers, is increasing fiber-optic infrastructure demand. Digital India, the country's initiative to connect rural and underserved areas of the population with high-speed internet access, also plays a role. With ECI's DWDM technology, Idea can meet such progressing market needs, and also support Digital India, according to the systems house.

"Idea is a pan-India wireless broadband operator offering high speed mobile internet and digital content services to our customers," said Anil Tandan, Idea's chief technology officer. "ECI has long been our partner and has supported us in rolling out 3G/4G networks with optimum solutions. We will be able to enhance capacity and meet the ever-growing demand for data with the new solution."

ECI has supported other mobile operators in India, including Bharti Airtel (see "Bharti Airtel taps ECI for mobile backhaul").

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