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Ericsson wins GSM, GPRS orders exceeding USD 70 million from Bharti Enterprises, India
Posted: 05-Oct-2001 [Source: Ericsson press release]

[Contract includes GPRS networks for Delhi and Bangalore.]

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 our customers."

"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.

Ericsson is shaping the future of Mobile and Broadband Internet communications through its continuous technology leadership. Providing innovative solutions in more than 140 countries, Ericsson is helping to create the most powerful communication companies in the world.


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