Alcatel-Lucent Wins Indian GSM and CDMA Contracts
Published on: 11th Jul 2007
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Alcatel Lucent has been awarded an IP based CDMA and GSM network contract valued at more than USD400 million from India's Reliance Communications. This contract will enable Reliance Communications to expand its wireless network to more than 20 000 towns and 600 000 villages. This project represents one of the largest telecom expansions undertaken by a telecom operator anywhere in the world.
In the framework of this contract, Alcatel-Lucent will upgrade Reliance's CDMA and GSM network with additional mobile switching centers and base stations. Alcatel-Lucent also will provide a comprehensive suite of network integration services, including network optimization, system support and general project management.
"For a project of this magnitude, Reliance Communications needed a supplier with a deep understanding of and experience with the leading wireless technologies. Alcatel-Lucent is unique in the broadness of its wireless portfolio and the depth of its expertise. After years of faithful cooperation, the people of Reliance Communications understand that the Alcatel-Lucent team are committed to continue to deliver innovative solutions to Reliance Communications to help it enhance the quality of service it provides its subscribers and to enable it to enhance its leadership position in Indian telecommunications space," said Patricia Russo, CEO, Alcatel-Lucent. "The expansion of the Reliance network, particularly in rural areas, will help improve the lives of millions in India, and is further evidence of our commitment to meeting the communications needs of high-growth economies.""