Bharti Airtel and Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) have signed an MoU for a USD900 million expansion contract across Airtel’s mobile, fixed and intelligent network (IN) platforms. In the first multi-platform network contract of its kind to be awarded in India, NSN will expand Airtel’s GSM network in eight circles; its national long distance and international long distance network with 1.8 million NGN ports, and its international calling card prepaid service capacity by 4.5 million new users. The GSM and NGN expansions are planned to take place over two years and the calling cards expansion over three years.
The two year GSM expansion will cover the eight circles of Mumbai, Maharashtra & Goa, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh & Chattisgarh, Bihar & Jharkhand, Orissa, Kolkata and West Bengal, where NSN already provides equipment and managed services. The expansion will enable Airtel to rapidly expand its geographical footprint to rural India and increase its overall network capacity. The contract includes network planning, implementation and project management, handling of local logistics and materials as well as system integration for the base station sites.