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Ceragon to Further Increase Airtel India’s 4G Network Capacity and Support Rural Network Expansion

April 24, 2020

Airtel selects Ceragon’s flexible wireless hauling solutions and services to expand its nation-wide 4G reach and lay foundation for 5G evolution


New Delhi and Little Falls, New Jersey, April  24, 2020 -  Bharti Airtel (BHARTIARTL; NSE), India’s largest integrated telecommunications company, and Ceragon Networks Ltd. (Ceragon; NASDAQ: CRNT), the #1 wireless hauling specialist, today announced that Bharti Airtel (“Airtel”), has selected Ceragon’s products and services for additional 4G network expansions beginning first quarter of 2020.

 

Airtel is looking to increase its network capacity to address growing demand for broadband amidst sharp rise in data consumption across India. Airtel is also looking to increase 4G network capacity in urban areas and expand its coverage in rural regions as well as prepare for its future evolution to 5G. Ceragon is working closely with Airtel to pursue rapid deployment of its microwave radios, as best it can, considering India’s recent temporary lockdown.

 

As a long standing Ceragon customer, Airtel selected Ceragon’s all-outdoor multicore solution and related services for the exceptional flexibility they offer for fast network deployment.

 

With Ceragon’s flexible wireless hauling solutions, using compact all-outdoor dual-carriers microwave radios, Airtel can quickly respond to surge in network capacity demands, and prepare for long-term network capacity growth. In fact, it can do so faster than ever before and with less costly site acquisitions thanks to a significantly reduced environmental footprint and energy consumption. Additionally, Airtel can improve efficiency of scarce backhaul spectrum via Ceragon’s multicore technology with up to 1Gbps capacity. With Ceragon’s proven professional services for its network deployment across numerous markets, Airtel can roll-out hundreds of sites each week.

 

“As an established strategic partner of Airtel for over a decade, Ceragon delivers innovative technology, products and services that enable us to achieve quick and dynamic network deployments”, said Randeep Sekhon, Chief Technology Officer of Airtel. “Ceragon’s wireless hauling solutions and services allow us to quickly adapt to our customers’ changing needs and deliver higher speeds with reliable, first-time-right rollouts.”  

 

“Ceragon’s proven performance and reliability continue to make it’s multicore all-outdoor solutions and network rollout services the ideal, go-to-choice for operators worldwide who are looking to densify and expand their 4G networks, as well as evolve to 5G,” said Ira Palti, president and CEO of Ceragon. “The orders received are partially reflected in our Q1 results. Ceragon is committed to supporting Airtel during these challenging times, and as it continues to implement its long-term network development plan to gain market-share across India."

 

About Bharti Airtel

Bharti Airtel Limited is a leading global telecommunications company with operations in 18 countries across Asia and Africa. Headquartered in New Delhi, India, the company ranks amongst the top 3 mobile service providers globally in terms of subscribers. In India, the company's product offerings include 2G, 3G and 4G wireless services, mobile commerce, fixed line services, high speed home broadband, DTH, enterprise services including national & international long distance services to carriers. In the rest of the geographies, it offers 2G, 3G, 4G wireless services and mobile commerce. Bharti Airtel had over 418 million customers across its operations at the end of December 2019. To know more please visit, www.airtel.com

 

About Ceragon Networks Ltd.

Ceragon Networks Ltd. (NASDAQ: CRNT) is the #1 wireless hauling specialist. We help operators and other service providers worldwide increase operational efficiency and enhance end customers’ quality of experience with innovative wireless backhaul and fronthaul solutions. Our customers include wireless service providers, public safety organizations, government agencies and utility companies, which use our solutions to deliver 5G & 4G, mission-critical multimedia services and other applications at high reliability and speed.

 

Ceragon’s unique multicore technology and disaggregated approach to wireless hauling provides highly reliable, fast to deploy, high-capacity wireless hauling for 5G and 4G networks with minimal use of spectrum, power and other resources. It enables increased productivity, as well as simple and quick network modernization, positioning Ceragon as a leading solutions provider for the 5G era. We deliver a range of professional services that ensure efficient network rollout and optimization to achieve the highest value for our customers. Our solutions are deployed by more than 460 service providers, as well as hundreds of private network owners, in more than 130 countries. 

 

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Ceragon Networks® and FibeAir® are registered trademarks of Ceragon Networks Ltd. in the United States and other countries. CERAGON ® is a trademark of Ceragon Networks Ltd., registered in various countries. Other names mentioned are owned by their respective holders.

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