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Nortel bags $100 mn GSM expansion deal from BSNL

business Updated: Mar 25, 2008 15:48 IST

Canada-based telecommunications solution provider Nortel Networks on Tuesday bagged an order worth more than 100 million dollars from India's largest telecom service provider BSNL to fuel the latter's GSM network expansion plans.

BSNL has selected Nortel to support its southern Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) network expansion with a very aggressive rollout schedule, Nortel said in a statement.

With this selection, BSNL can build on and maximise its existing network investment and rapidly extend mobile services to new subscribers, it added.

BSNL, with over 20 million cellular subscribers, is actively growing its network reach and capacity to meet increased demand for mobile telephony services across the country.

"India represents an enormous opportunity for Nortel in the carrier space, with its consistently high growth rates and increasingly mobile population," Nortel President (Carrier Networks) Richard Lowe said.

"We have redesigned our GSM portfolio with this kind of opportunity in mind, making our solution much more cost competitive, without compromising the performance, capacity and coverage," he added.

From 2004, Nortel has worked closely with BSNL in rolling out mobile services to some seven million customers in the southern and eastern parts of India.

Nortel's deployment of the BSNL network expansion is already underway and is expected to be completed towards the end of 2008, it added.