Tata sources Huawei for five 3G circles

3 Sep 2010

Indian mobile network operator Tata Teleservices (TTSL) has reportedly selected Chinese hardware vendor Huawei to supply the necessary equipment for its launch of 3G services. According to the Hindu Business Line, TTSL, which successfully won UMTS concessions in nine circles in May 2010, has inked a deal that will see Huawei take responsibility for equipment in five of those regions; Finnish vendor Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) has already been announced as the Indian company’s 3G partner in the other four circles. It is understood that the Tata/Huawei deal will see the latter work under the managed services model, with the agreement including the installation of Huawei’s multi-standard radios (MSR), which are also compatible with Long Term Evolution (LTE) services. AG Rao, TTSL’s chief technology officer, said of the latest deal: ‘The company will provide superior 3G technology and services to all our esteemed consumers, and to this end, we are getting the latest LTE-ready technology from our technology partner, Huawei.’