NSN and Aircel ink USD300 million GSM rollout deal

19 Feb 2010

Finnish vendor Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) has announced it has inked a deal with Indian mobile network operator Aircel for the rollout and management of radio and core network and services in three circles, with the four-year contract understood to be worth in excess of USD300 million. Under the terms of the deal NSN will deploy GSM infrastructure in the Haryana, Punjab and Rajasthan states, with Aircel expected to launch commercial services in the regions in April 2010. The vendor will install its Flexi EDGE Base Station and IP-ready FlexiHybrid microwave radio products, as well as its mobile softswitch core network, and NetAct network management system and NetViewer element manager to help Aircel monitor, manage and optimise the network. Commenting on the development, Gurdeep Singh, Aircel’s chief operating officer, said: ‘With NSN as our partner, we have launched networks in record time while delivering superior service quality and end-user experience to our customers. We are confident that the company will help us efficiently realise our targets yet again.’