Monday, October 30, 2006

Bharti Airtel Selects Nokia for US$400 Million Contract

Bharti Airtel Limited has awarded Nokia contract to expand its managed GSM/GPRS/EDGE networks in eight Airtel circles and deploy a pan-Indian WAP solution across its networks.

Under the three-year contract, which was valued at US$400 million, Nokia will provide managed services and expand Airtel networks to cover all towns and cities in the eight telecom circles of Mumbai, Maharashtra & Goa, Gujarat, Bihar (including Jharkhand), Orissa, Kolkata, West Bengal and Madhya Pradesh (including Chattisgarh). The network monitoring operations will be carried out from Nokia's state-of-the-art Global Network Services Center in Chennai.

Nokia will also deploy its WAP solution across Airtel's national network to enhance the operator's mobile packet core network capabilities.

Nokia will deploy the latest radio and core network equipment including Nokia MSC Server System (MSS) mobile softswitch, Nokia Flexi WCDMA and Ultrasite base stations, and provide services based on Bharti's capacity requirements, delivering a cost-efficient rollout of on-demand capacity.