Monday, August 22, 2005

Bharti Tele-Ventures Awards US$125M Contract to Nokia

India's Bharti Tele-Ventures awarded a contract valued at US$125 million to Nokia to expand its managed GSM/GPRS/EDGE networks in eight circles. As per the contract, Nokia will provide managed services and expand Bharti's Airtel networks in the circles of Mumbai, Maharashtra (including Goa), Gujarat, Bihar (including Jharkhand) and Orissa over a three-year period. Additionally, Nokia has also been mandated to provide managed services and expand Airtel networks in the three other circles of Kolkata, West Bengal and Madhya Pradesh.

Nokia's managed capacity expansion will further help Airtel cover more than 5,000 towns up from 2,700 across India. The phased expansion into these towns and villages starts immediately and is likely to be completed by March 2006.

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