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Nokia Siemens Wins Major Indian GSM Network Contract

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Nokia Siemens Networks says that it has been selected as one of India's Tata Teleservices (TTSL) "main vendors" for the network operator's planned national GSM network. The deployment period is to last over five years, but no financial details were provided.

Nokia Siemens Networks says that it will be responsible for GSM services across a majority of TTSL's 22 telecom Circles in India.

The vendor said that managed services forms just one portion of the deal - the complete services outlay includes local supplies, network planning, project management, network roll-out and systems integration activities across the national network.

This announcement follows the recent decision by Japan's DoCoMo to buy a 26% stake in TTSL for USD2.7 billion.

A couple of months ago, Tata announced plans to spend some Rs80 billion (US$2 billion) over the next two years on expanding both its GSM and CDMA networks. Various media reports at the time said that about Rs60 billion would be spent on the new GSM network the company is building, with the remaining Rs20 billion going on its existing CDMA network.

The company is planning to launch their GSM service by the end of the year, but has only been granted radio spectrum in 5 of the country's 22 license circles. The company has also announced plans for a WiMAX network covering 15 cities by 2009.

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