Indian 4G provider lining up 2012 network launch

Indian consumers will soon have access to 4G services via TD-LTE technology being deployed by Augere, a 4G provider with licences covering 500 million people across South Asia and Africa.

Augere has commissioned Ericsson to provide its radio base station, the RBS6000, which will enable it to offer broadband services under the ZOOSH brand to residential and business customers in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.

LTE enables the rapid transfer of large amounts of data, allowing consumers to use a wide range of applications by providing enhanced speed and reduced latency. LTE also has the capacity to meet future demands for new and enhanced mobile internet applications.

To ensure optimal network performance, Ericsson will also be responsible for providing managed services and network operations for three years. The Swedish firm will plan, design, build, operate, maintain and provide spare-parts management for the 4G network for Augere. The contract includes the supply, installation and commissioning of the network.

Lars Stork, CEO, Augere Wireless Broadband India Private Ltd said, "India today offers one of the most exciting growth opportunities globally in wireless broadband services and we believe LTE will provide us with a network to offer a customer experience in line with the core values of our brand ZOOSH.”

Fredrik Jejdling, Head of Ericsson in India, says: "Mobility and broadband are among the main elements of Ericsson's vision of a Networked Society. With LTE and TD-LTE, the mobile broadband experience will reach the next level. It is exciting to see India, one of the world's largest telecom markets, planning the next steps for mobile broadband."

The rollout of services will start from early next year, with a soft launch planned for early Q2 2012.

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