Bharti Inks $400M

NEW DELHI, India -- Bharti Airtel today announced the signing of an estimated US$ 400 million contract with Nokia to expand its managed GSM/GPRS/EDGE networks in eight Airtel circles and deploy a pan India WAP solution across its networks.

As per the three year contract, Nokia will provide managed services and expand Airtel networks to cover all towns and cities in the eight telecom circles of Mumbai, Maharashtra & Goa, Gujarat, Bihar (including Jharkhand), Orissa, Kolkata, West Bengal and Madhya Pradesh (including Chattisgarh). The network monitoring operations will be carried out from Nokia’s state-of-the-art Global Network Services Center in Chennai.

Nokia will also deploy its WAP solution across Airtel's national network to enhance its mobile packet core network capabilities. The WAP gateway to be implemented by Nokia shall enable easy usage of data services, thereby increasing the consumption of content on the Airtel network. Nokia will provide consulting services and integrate the WAP gateway into a multi-vendor environment.

Bharti Airtel Ltd. (Mumbai: BHARTIARTL)

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