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BSNL ties up with BT for managed services; plans to launch Blackbery, iPhone news
06 October 2008

Mumbai: State-run Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSN) has tied up with British Telecom (BT) to offer managed services, including basic, leased line, internet, mobile and broadband services.

The BSNL, the country's largest telecom service provider, is also gearing up to bring BlackBerry and Apple's 3G iPhone to its customers.

Under the deal with BT, the British company will gain access to BSNL's pan-India broadband network as well as its access services, entitling BT to a ''most preferred customer'' status with access to BSNL's value-added services as well as single point resolution for all queries and fault management services, BT said in a statement.

BSNL, in turn, would gain access to BT's global MPLS network and managed service expertise, which include, network integration, managed security, managed data center, hosted CRM/ contact center and remote infrastructure management services, it added.

The tie-up aims to focus on offering end-to-end services for large transformational projects. BSNL chairman and managing director Kuldeep Goyal said: ''As BSNL transforms into a premier integrated communications service provider, a robust managed service offering is key to our future operations.''

BSNL is also in talks with Apple and BlackBerry to launch the services on its network.

While talks with BlackBerry are reported to be at an advanced stage, the talks with Apple are still in preliminary stages. BSNL is likely to introduce BlackBerry handsets by the end of the year.

BSNL will be the first player in the Indian market to offer 3G services on the iPhone right from its launch. BSNL and Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd (MTNL) are the first two government operators to get 3G licence.

MTNL is reportedly installing 1.5 million 3G lines in the first phase in Delhi and Mumbai and plans to tie up with the content providers on revenue-sharing basis to enrich its high-end services.

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BSNL ties up with BT for managed services; plans to launch Blackbery, iPhone