Digital Broadcasters Vendor News notes that Bharti Airtel Limited one of India's larger telecoms providers, has awarded Nokia a 3-year, USD 400 million contract to expand its managed GSM/GPRS/EDGE networks and deploy a pan-Indian WAP solution across its networks. Basically the deal expands Bharti Airtel's multi-media applications over its networks.
Nokia will provide managed services and expand Airtel networks in all of Mumbai, Maharashtra & Goa, Gujarat, Bihar (including Jharkhand), Orissa, Kolkata, West Bengal and Madhya Pradesh (including Chattisgarh). The network monitoring operations will be carried out from Nokia's state-of-the-art Global Network Services Center in Chennai.
Bharti Airtel Limited is one of India's leading private sector providers of telecommunications services with an aggregate of 25.89 million customers as of end of July'06, consisting of 24.34 million mobile customers. Bharti Airtel has been being ranked among the top 10 best performing companies in the world in the BusinessWeek IT 100 list. Digital Broadcasters Vendor News says that Bharti Airtel was the first private operator to provide mobile phone services in all the telecoms regions in India.