Hutchison Essar Telecom (HET), a subsidiary of India’s Hutchison Telecommunications Company, has contracted Nokia of Finland to manage its networks in nine regions – Gujarat, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Chennai, Uttar Pradesh (East and West), Haryana, West Bengal and Rajasthan. The financial details of the five-year managed services contract were not disclosed.
Hutchison Telecom offers GSM services in India under the Hutch brand and via a number of subsidiary companies, including HET, Hutchison Max and Fascel. Due to government limits on foreign ownership, the majority of Hutchison’s regional subsidiaries are joint ventures with Indian partners. Initially rolling out GSM services in Mumbai in 1995, Hutchison now has operations in thirteen circles, whilst its subsidiaries hold licences to roll out services in a further seven regions. Earlier this month the group acquired BPL Communication’s wireless units BPL Mobile and BPL Cellular, adding around three million subscribers in Mumbai, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Kerala, and gaining the group a presence in three new circles.