BSNL and ZTE ink broadband project partnership agreement

9 Aug 2011

State-owned Indian telco Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) has reportedly entered into a strategic partnership with Chinese vendor ZTE in which the duo will seek to enhance broadband services across India. Under the terms of the partnership agreement between the two companies, ZTE will deploy ADSL2+ and VDSL2+ technology across BSNL’s infrastructure in 15 of India’s telecoms circles. This project marks the third time that the Chinese vendor has been selected as a partner by BSNL, and it noted that it has already supplied nearly 30,000 DSLAMs to the PTO to date. Having also previously won a contract with the Indian telco to supply customer premises equipment, ZTE also noted that it has deployed over three million subscriber broadband units for the telco. Commenting on the development, Cui Lianjun, CEO of ZTE India, noted: ‘In today’s world, internet access and broadband penetration is an integral part of a country’s growth and progress. We are extremely delighted and proud to partner with BSNL to make broadband connectivity more widely accessible to people in India … ZTE has been closely associated with BSNL for over a decade across multiple telecom projects, and this latest initiative further reaffirms the strength of our partnership.’