Unitech Wireless inks network deal with Ericsson

29 May 2009

Indian cellco Unitech Wireless has selected Swedish vendor Ericsson to supply network equipment and manage its rollout for three circles in a deal worth an estimated USD500 million, the Economic Times reports. It is understood that the five-year agreement covers the Bihar, Eastern Uttar Pradesh and Western Uttar Pradesh zones. The news comes hot on the heels of reports earlier this month that Unitech had signed deals with French-US vendor Alcatel-Lucent and Huawei of China for the rollout of GSM-based infrastructure; Alca-Lu will cover the Kerala and Orissa circles, while Huawei is responsible for Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. Unitech, which is 67.25% owned by Norwegian telecoms group Telenor, has licences to operate in all of India’s telecoms circles and is expected to launch commercial services by the end of 2009. The operator is expected to initially cover five circles, having received spectrum for Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal and Kerala from the Department of Telecommunications (DoT).

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