Mumbai: Nokia Siemens Networks has won a contract from state-run Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), India's largest telecommunications service provider, to deploy broadband service across 7,000 villages in the country.
Part of a greenfield rural project, the new access network's high bandwidth will allow BSNL to deliver high data and triple play intensive services such as `video on demand', `video multi cast', IPTV, video conferencing and VPN et cetera to its customers.
The network will also enable BSNL to provide connectivity to CSCs (community service centres) and other e-governance locations, Nokia Siemens said in a press release.
The two-year agreement includes supply, installation and commissioning, training and annual maintenance contract for five years. Financial details of the two-year deal were not disclosed.
Nokia Siemens Networks will deploy its gigabit Ethernet-capable IP DSLAMs Surpass hiX5625 (digital subscriber line access multiplexers) and chassis based access switch (Surpass hiD6615).
The company will also supply end-user devices that will enable BSNL to provide speeds of up to 24Mbps for ADSL2+ subscribers over its existing copper infrastructure. The first phase of new lines deployment will be completed by the first quarter of 2008.
"As the largest broadband service provider, BSNL is suitably poised to usher in the next phase of the telecom revolution in India by delivering high-speed broadband services to the consumer doorstep. The BSNL rural broadband project will bridge digital divide and connect 20,000 villages in India," Kuldeep Goyal, chairman and managing director of BSNL, said.
"Nokia Siemens Networks with its cutting edge technology portfolio and its strong existing relationship with BSNL, is an ideal partner in our efforts to deliver world class broadband services and drive long termed sustained economic growth for India," he added.
This is the second rural broadband access tender BSNL has awarded to Nokia Siemens Networks. The company is also deploying the urban broadband access for BSNL across 15 circles. First phase of that roll-out is in advance stages of completion for 800,000 ports.
BSNL is the largest telecommunication service provider in India with a pan-India footprint except for Delhi and Mumbai. It has a network of over 60 million subscribers covering 5,000 towns with over 35 million telephone connections.
An integrated telecommunications service provider, BSNL has presence in the fixed line, cellular mobile, long distance and data segments with over 35 million fixed line, 24 million cellular mobile and 3.9 million internet subscribers, including 0.9 million broadband customers.