Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) has announced that it has won a contract from Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) to deploy broadband access to 7,000 villages across the country. The contract is a part of the greenfield rural tender from BSNL. The new access network will allow BSNL to deliver high speed data services including video-on-demand, IPTV, videoconferencing and VPN. The network will also enable BSNL to provide connectivity to community service centres and other e-governance locations.
The two year agreement includes supply, installation, commissioning and training as well as annual maintenance for five years. As part of the contract, NSN will deploy its Gigabit Ethernet-capable IP DSLAMs Surpass hiX5625, as well as end-user devices that will enable BSNL to provide speeds of up to 24Mbps for ADSL2+ subscribers over its existing copper infrastructure. The first phase of deployment will be completed by Q1 2008.
This is the second rural broadband access tender BSNL has awarded to NSN. The company is also deploying the urban broadband access for BSNL across 15 circles. First phase of that rollout is close to completion, with 800,000 lines installed.