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3G/HSPA

More 3G Action in India

11:40 AM -- With the security block on international technology purchase orders lifted, 3G infrastructure deals in India are coming thick and fast. (See India's 3G Equipment Market a 'Bloodbath', Reliance Hands 3G Deal to ZTE, India Clears Chinese Gear Orders, Huawei Bags India 3G Deal, and India Gets Its 3G On.)

The latest carrier to award its network upgrade contracts is the country's mobile market leader Bharti Airtel Ltd. (Mumbai: BHARTIARTL), which won 3G spectrum in 13 circles (service areas) in this year's auction. It has turned to Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC), Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. , and Nokia Networks to help it build out a HSPA-enabled radio access network. (See Bharti Chooses 3G Suppliers and India's 3G Auction Ends, Raises $14.6B.)

Long-term Bharti supplier Ericsson has landed the biggest piece of the pie (seven circles), while NSN is the supplier in three circles. Huawei is getting its first taste of Bharti network action with the chance to prove itself in the remaining three circles.

The find out more about India's 22 circles (service areas), check out A Guide to India's Telecom Market.

— Ray Le Maistre, International Managing Editor, Light Reading

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