India’s largest mobile network operator by subscribers, Bharti Airtel, has extended an existing managed services deal with Finnish vendor Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN), the latter has announced in a press release. Under the terms of the five-year deal signed between the two companies, NSN will act as Bharti’s managed services partner in eight of India’s telecom circles, those being: Bihar, Calcutta, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Mumbai, Orissa and West Bengal. As part of the contract NSN will manage and maintain both the cellco’s 3G and GSM networks as well as iWAN (internet Wireless Access Network), the operator’s enterprise broadband service. Using its global service delivery model, NSN also notes that it will provide network optimisation, operations and maintenance services remotely from its Global Network Solutions Center (GNSC) in Noida, India as part of the renewed deal.
Commenting on the new contract, Sanjay Kapoor, CEO of Bharti Airtel’s India and South Asia unit, said: ‘The data story in the country has just begun and we will witness increasing complexity due to multiplicity of network layers specifically when serving data. It is imperative for any service provider to have a complete end-to-end view to manage voice and data services. This initiative is in line with our strategy to create ubiquitous networks for offering enriched customer experience. Nokia Siemens Networks has been our long standing managed services partner and we are happy to continue our association further.’