First of its kind facility in India to monitor Airtel’s networks spanning Mobile, DSL Broadband, M-Commerce, DTH, Enterprise Services, International Cables across its India and South Asia operations from a single location Earthquake proof facility designed specifically to serve as a national command center in case of emergencies and natural disasters Inaugurated by Shri Kapil Sibal, Hon’ble Minister of Communications and Information Technology.
• Equipped with cutting edge technology, facility will enhance the Airtel’s Network performance by observing end-to-end customer experience in near real time;
• Will collate and analyze data from more than 70 sources of Network Probes, Contact Centres and tactical facilities;
• Houses a 3600 sq feet LED wall, amongst the largest in the world.
Bharti Airtel (“Airtel”), a leading telecommunications services provider with operations in 20 countries across South Asia and Africa, today took a major technological leap in network management when its state-of-the-art Network Experience Centre (NEC) went LIVE. The NEC, which is based in Manesar (Gurgaon), was inaugurated by the Hon’ble Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Shri Kapil Sibal. Also present on the occasion were Mr. Sunil Bharti Mittal, Chairman and Managing Director, Airtel, Mr. Rajan Mittal, Vice Chairman and Managing Director of Bharti Enterprises and Mr. Sanjay Kapoor, CEO – India and South Asia, Airtel.
The NEC, which is the first of the its kind facility in India, will be able to monitor Airtel’s network performance across Mobile, Fixed Line and DSL Broadband, DTH, M-Commerce, Enterprise Services, International Cable Systems and internet peering points from a single location. It will monitor all Airtel and partner NOCs and in case of any emergency, the operator will have a 360 degree view of any issue, thereby helping to prioritize actions to restore normalcy and reduce resolution time. This continuous stream of near real time data will in turn enable Airtel to deliver a superior customer experience across its product offerings.
The NEC houses one of the biggest video walls in the world with 3600 square feet of solid state LED screen to monitor Airtel’s telecom network. The clear span of the roof is 49 meters by 18 meters and the beams have been specially designed to hold the structure without columns. These beams are fireproof and about 8 feet deep. Designed specifically to be used as a command center in case of national emergencies and natural catastrophe, the earthquake proof facility also provides for a single control of command, and a fully redundant technology layout. This is yet another benchmark in the Indian Telecom sector.
On the occasion Mr. Sunil Bharti Mittal, Chairman and Managing Director, Bharti Airtel said,“Over the years, Airtel has been at the forefront of deploying the best technology to bring a world-class offering to customers. This new facility, sets the benchmark for telecom in South Asia, and will help us manage the layers of complex networks and technologies across our product matrix and massive scale of operations. Essentially, we will be able to analyze and deliver a seamless experience to over 200 million customers across our verticals from one location. In particular, this facility positions us to manage the expected surge in data usage on our 3G and 4G networks in years to come and deliver best-in-class experience to our customers.”
During the peak hour, Airtel connects nearly 6 million voice and over 5 million data customers, concurrently. 600 switching and routing centers process 80 Billion minutes of voice and 24 Petabytes of data traffic every month. This huge traffic comes from over 160,000 sites (2G, 3G& 4G), through 150,000 kms of optical backbone, via 75,000 kms of undersea cable system and connects customers globally, through 17 global PoPs for voice and data.
This state-of-the-art NEC, now will be able to observe the end to end customer experience, in near real time, along with the standard network elements on this massive scale of operations.
About Bharti Airtel
Bharti Airtel Limited (airtel.com) is a leading global telecommunications company with operations in 20 countries across Asia and Africa. Headquartered in New Delhi, India, the company ranks amongst the top 4 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 DSL broadband, IPTV, DTH, enterprise services including national & international long distance services to carriers. In the rest of the geographies, it offers 2G, 3G wireless services and mobile commerce. Bharti Airtel had over 259 million customers across its operations at the end of September 2012.