owned telecom giant Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd has awarded
Nokia a comprehensive GSM / EDGE and GPRS network expansion
project in North India valued at $141million. The project
includes expanding core and radio network equipment and
offering an extensive range of services.
expansion will enable BSNL to significantly increase
its network coverage and capacity in the states of Jammu
& Kashmir, Haryana, Uttaranchal, Uttar Pradesh (both
east and west circles), Himachal Pradesh and Rajasthan.
is an important network expansion to BSNL as we strive
to offer the best network coverage and capacity to our
subscribers," said GS Grover, director commercial
and marketing, BSNL.
are delighted to strengthen our successful cooperation
with BSNL," says Ashish Chowdhary, country head,
networks, Nokia India. "This expansion provides
BSNL the ability to enhance its network coverage and
capacity, and shows the strength of Nokia''s full range
of service offerings."
play an important role in the contract, including complete
network planning and optimisation, infrastructure design,
supply and implementation, and commissioning as well
as systems integration and Nokia''s over-the-air (OTA)
device management solution.
expansion is actually an extension of the $284-million
GSM / EDGE and GPRS contract signed by Nokia and BSNL
operations in India include networks and terminals sales
divisions, three research and development facilities
and an upcoming manufacturing facility in Chennai that
will produce both terminals and GSM infrastructure equipment.
Nokia also plans to open a global networks
operation center in India by the end of the year.
is the largest telecom player in India with the second
largest number of GSM subscribers after Airtel.