Finnish telecom major Nokia has bagged a $400 million order from Bharti Airtel Ltd to expand its managed networks in eight circles and deploy a pan-Indian wireless application protocol (WAP) solution across its networks, both companies said on Tuesday.
This order is in addition to the two contracts worth $400 million that Nokia signed earlier with Bharti for the supply of equipment and managed services. The first contract was worth $275 million and the second one was for $125 million.
Nokia also has a managed service contract with Hutchison Essar to run 19 of the operator’s 23 circles. In the first phase, it bagged a contract of about $125 million for nine circles and another worth $300 million for another 10 circles.
Nokia is thus the leader in managed services in India providing services in 27 circles.
Under its three-year contract with Bharti, Nokia will provide managed services and expand Airtel networks based on the global system for mobile applications/ general packet radio service and enhanced data rate for GSM evolution (GSM/GPRS/EDGE) to cover all towns and cities in the eight telecom circles of Mumbai, Maharashtra and Goa, Gujarat, Bihar (including Jharkhand), Orissa, Kolkata, West Bengal and Madhya Pradesh (including Chattisgarh).
Ashish Chowdhary, country director, Networks, Nokia India said in a statement, “Our extensive managed services capability, powered with a comprehensive and high-quality product portfolio, makes Nokia a catalyst for providing affordable mobile services to rural consumers.”
The network monitoring operations will be carried out from Nokia’s state-of-the-art Global Network Services Center in Chennai.
Nokia will also deploy its WAP solution across Airtel’s national network to enhance the operator’s mobile packet network capabilities. The WAP gateway will enable easy usage of data services, aiding the consumption of content on the Airtel network. Nokia will also provide consulting services.
Manoj Kohli, president, Bharti Airtel said: “Our network leadership across India is a critical driver in the Bharti Airtel's success story. The latest technology and expertise from Nokia will help drive growth in the latent market in Eastern India and rapid coverage in the Western parts.”
Nokia will also deploy the latest radio and core network equipment and provide services based on Bharti's capacity requirements, delivering a cost-efficient rollout of on-demand capacity.
Nokia is a major player in the managed services business with close to 60 managed service contracts globally.