Nokia Siemens Networks bags $ 150 mln from Idea

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New Delhi, Dec 18 (UNI) Telecommunications infrastracture company Nokia Siemens Networks today said it has received a 150 million dollar contract from Idea Cellular Ltd to build and provide managed services for a greenfield GSM network in Bihar.

''The three-year contract includes supply of GSM/GPRS and short message service center (SMSC) equipment, network implementation, roll out project management service for third party products and managed services,'' a company statement said.

This partnership is yet another step in our efforts to build a pan-India GSM network and take mobility to the huge untapped consumer base. The expertise of Nokia Siemens Networks coupled with prior deployment experience in Bihar will be crucial in rolling out cost effective services quickly, Idea Cellular Managing Director Sanjeev Aga said in the statement.

The network will be ready for commercial operations by early next year, subject to spectrum availability.

This is the second contract this year awarded by the Aditya Birla Group company to Nokia Siemens Networks, the previous one being a two-year 500 million dollar GSM network expansion contract to expand Idea Cellular's GSM/GPRS/EDGE networks to cover population centres across the six circles of Delhi, Haryana, UP (East), UP (West), Andhra Pradesh and Kerala.


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