Ericsson has signed a USD 250 million managed capacity expansion contract with Indian operator Bharti to provide managed services and expand its GSM/GPRS network into rural India.
Ericsson's technology and managed services solutions will enable Bharti to expand into around 3000 towns and villages in 15 regions. The rollout of the first phase of this ongoing coverage expansion into rural India will start in July 2005.
Ericsson delivers and manages network capacity when and where Bharti needs it. As a result, Bharti is free to focus on customers and business development, growing its business and efficiently evolving its networks. Fast deployment will allow Bharti to offer services with minimized payback time in rural areas with low average revenue per user.
Ericsson also provides its Expander solution for rural coverage to optimize both capital and operational expenditures and ensure minimal total cost of ownership for Bharti's network.
Ericsson is a long-term Bharti partner, operating its GSM/GPRS network in 15 out of 23 regions under a managed capacity agreement, and is the sole supplier of Bharti's mobility Intelligent Network, WAP, MMS, Video Streaming and Automatic Device Configuration. Ericsson also provides fixed broadband solutions and fixed-line switching equipment for Bharti's Infotel branch.