Finnish vendor Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) has said that it could close deals with a number of Indian companies that hold wireless broadband spectrum as early as next month, India’s Economic Times reports. Amid likely strong competition from other vendors for the rights to roll out new wireless broadband networks, likely using Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology, NSN has said that it expects the six companies that bagged broadband wireless access (BWA) concessions in June 2010 to begin issuing contracts to their respective hardware partners with the next three to four months, with NSN’s head of global LTE sales, Mark Atkinson, stating: ‘Discussions have been going on since the middle of last year and we’re now close to ending the cycle. We’re in different phases of maturity with different operators. Early Q3, we will see one of the first deals to be signed.’
As previously reported by CommsUpdate, the six companies that successfully bid for BWA spectrum last year were Infotel Broadband Services (which has since been acquired by Reliance Communications), Aircel, Tikona Digital Networks, Qualcomm, Bharti Airtel and Augere. Currently, with a view to assisting in their decision regarding a potential vendor for their respective new networks, Infotel, Aircel and Bharti Airtel are all conducting field trials of NSN’s equipment.