Four-million-line deal reinforces Nokia’s strong position in India
Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), India’s No. 1 telecommunications company, has chosen Nokia to expand its GSM/EDGE and GPRS network in North India in a deal valued at over 200 million euro. Nokia will deploy four million lines across towns, cities, villages and all major state and national highways in the States of Jammu & Kashmir, Haryana, Uttaranchal, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh (both east and west circles), Himachal Pradesh and Rajasthan.
As a part of the agreement that can be extended further, Nokia will supply both core and GSM/EDGE and GPRS radio network equipment, including Base Station Subsystems, Switching Subsystems, Intelligent Network, GPRS Core Network, Short Message Service System, Multimedia Messaging center expansion and Nokia Download Solution. Nokia 5140 handsets are also included.
“BSNL’s vision is to be India’s largest cellular operator with a truly national network footprint providing world class services to consumers across the country. The recent tender for network expansion is testimony of our commitment to bring affordable access, to Indians anywhere, anytime across the country”, said Mr. A. K. Sinha, Chairman and Managing Director, BSNL.
“To achieve this vision, BSNL has chosen Nokia to expand its network by 4 million lines in North India as Nokia has the requisite experience and expertise in building high quality networks,” said Mr. NK Mangla, Director (Commercial & Marketing), BSNL.
“This tender for a GSM turnkey cellular project is one of the largest projects, which will be installed & rolled-out just in 9 months, in the world” said Mr. SD Saxena, Director (Finance)
“Nokia is proud to collaborate with BSNL, India’s leading telecommunications company, on this significant GSM network expansion exercise,” said Mr. Ashish Chowdhary, Country Head, India & South Asia, Networks, Nokia. “This deployment will enable BSNL to continue offering world-class network quality and services to its end consumers.”
“This deal also underscores Nokia’s commitment to India, fulfilling our promise to bring high-quality equipment and advanced services to India’s mobile world,” added Mr. Chowdhary. “With this deal, Nokia becomes an equipment supplier to all five leading GSM operators in India”
About Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL)
BSNL is India’s No. 1 telecommunications company and the largest public sector undertaking in India with authorized share capital of $3.6 billion and a net worth of $13.85 billion. It has a pan-India network with over 42 million subscribers across 5000 towns and almost seven million GSM cellular subscribers.
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