Ericsson has signed GSM and GPRS orders exceeding USD 70 million with Bharti
Enterprises in India. The orders include Ericsson's first GPRS deployments in India.
The contracts cover complete GSM infrastructure in five new geographic areas
and network expansion in one existing area, as well as GPRS networks for Delhi
and Bangalore. Ericsson will also implement two Intelligent Network (IN)
platforms for Bharti's networks in the north and south of India.
"This signals the further strengthening of our successful partnership with
Ericsson that goes back over six years," said Sunil Bharti Mittal, Chairman
and Group Managing Director, Bharti Enterprises. "I am pleased to say that our
migration to the new era of GPRS will be a natural extension of our joint
efforts with Ericsson in developing innovative and personalized services for
"We have a long partnership with the Bharti group and are truly delighted to
receive contracts for both GSM and GPRS infrastructure in their new and
existing areas," said Jan Campbell, Managing Director of Ericsson in India.
"This deal which includes our first GPRS contract in India clearly
demonstrates our technology leadership and the trust our customers have in us."
Bharti's five new GSM areas are in the Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh West,
Tamil Nadu and Kerala; network expansion and change out will be carried out in
the existing Chennai system.
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