Nokia Technology to Help Idea Cellular Meet High Bandwidth Demand

Nokia will assist Idea Cellular in meeting the constantly growing  bandwidth demand by deploying Nokia's 1830 Photonic Services Switch (PSS) based Wavelength Division Multiplexing (WDM) solution.


The optical transport network solution will be implemented throughout fiber-constrained geographies on the Idea network. After the technology is deployed, Idea will be able to offer high-bandwidth services to its subscribers.

Nokia's 1830 Photonic Services Switch allows service providers to spread their reach by offering an economical alternative to expensive fiber. Nokia's solution will be strategically positioned in fast-growing areas to allow Idea to provide high-bandwidth services to its subscribers without thinking about the extra load on the network.

Nokia WDM helps in forming a new access layer, which is easily scalable and guarantees optimized space utilization and power consumption. The new transport network will also be able to support the bigger demand in the days to come.

Anil Tandan, Chief Technology Officer, at Idea Cellular, said, "With the roll-out of Idea's pan-India wireless broadband network in the last one year, we have witnessed massive data growth leading to high bandwidth demand. We have a long standing partnership with Nokia and we are confident that Nokia will bring the same expertise and commitment in deploying optical network as it does in Radio, Core and IP domains. This collaboration marks a new phase in our relationship, and we look forward to leveraging Nokia's strength in optical network domain to meet our requirement."

Through a combination of new operator offerings, aggressive data plans and continued mass adoption of smartphones, India has witnessed unprecedented data usage growth since the beginning of 2017. We are delighted to be working with Idea to deploy an optical transport network that will help address the high-bandwidth data demands of its customers. It's an important collaboration for us, and we look forward to working closely with Idea as a key technology partner in this new chapter.

Nitin Dahiya, Head of Customer Team - Idea, Nokia

Overview of solutions to be used in deployment:

  • Nokia Professional services will be used for project management, installing and commissioning, and training and support for the smooth execution of the project
  • Nokia 1830 Photonic Services Switch will help Idea to expand its network capacity, minimize network total cost of ownership and meet erratic traffic demands

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