RCOM inks 2G/3G equipment deal with ZTE

16 Sep 2010

India’s second largest mobile operator by subscribers, Reliance Communications (RCOM), has selected Chinese vendor ZTE to provide a combination of 2G and 3G equipment in eight of the country’s telecoms circles, India’s Economic Times reports. Under the deal, which is worth an estimated INR9.2 billion (USD200 million), ZTE will supply around 15,000 Base Transceiver Stations (BTSs) for nearly all regions in which RCOM successfully bid for 3G spectrum: West Bengal, Kolkata, Orissa, Bihar, Assam, North East, Madhya Pradesh and Himachal Pradesh. An unnamed ZTE official was quoted as saying of the agreement: ‘ZTE India will be involved in supply, installation and commissioning … We are looking to commission close to 10,000 BTSs that will be 2G compliant, while the remaining 5,000-odd BTSs will be 3G compliant.’ It is believed that RCOM may look to another Chinese company, Huawei, for 3G equipment for its operations in Delhi and Mumbai, although the operator has yet to confirm such a deal.