Nortel’s big $500 million Indian deal


Nortel Networks has bagged what is being billed as the world’s largest tender for cellular services. Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited has awarded Nortel a contract estimated at $500 million (about Rs. 2,500 crore) to expand its GSM/GPRS digital wireless network in the south and south zones of India. This expansion is expected to be completed in the first half of 2005, according to a Nortel release. Under the award, Nortel will deploy an end-to-end GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications) and GPRS (General Packet Radio Service) solution, including GSM radio base stations, mobile switching centres (MSCs), intelligent networks (IN) and other related equipment, to provide wireless voice and data services with carrier-grade network reliability. Amazingly NT’s Bid was lower than ZTE.The Hindu.

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