Huawei Bags India 3G Deal

8:55 AM -- Only days after the Indian authorities allowed two of the country's privately held mobile operators to once again purchase Chinese network gear, one of those carriers, Tata Teleservices Ltd. , has announced it will use Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. technology to roll out its 3G capabilities. (See Huawei Wins Tata 3G Rollout and India Clears Chinese Gear Orders.)

Tata Teleservices, which won 3G spectrum in nine service circles in the spectrum auction held earlier this year, and which has just been allocated its 3G airwaves, is a long-time Huawei customer, so the operator's choice of vendor doesn't come as a surprise. (See India Gets Its 3G On and Tata Takes Dip in Huawei's Pool.) The deal involves the provision of Huawei's SingleRAN multi-standard base station equipment, which includes a software upgrade to Long Term Evolution (LTE), in five circles. Tata Teleservices notes that it's looking for a "rapid" deployment that will enable it to offer 3G services such as video calls and Internet access in the near future.

The carrier is using 3G access gear from Nokia Networks in the other four circles in which it holds 3G spectrum. (See Tata Goes 3G With NSN.)

The other privately held carrier to have been cleared for Chinese technology purchases, Reliance Communications Ltd. , is believed to have handed 3G equipment awards to Huawei and its rival, ZTE Corp. (Shenzhen: 000063; Hong Kong: 0763).

— Ray Le Maistre, International Managing Editor, Light Reading

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