Sweden’s Ericsson and Finland-headquartered Nokia Siemens Networks will roll out 3G networks for Vodafone Essar , one of the largest service providers in India. Vodafone gave a three-year contract estimated at $500 million
Vodafone Essar won 3G radio airwaves in an auction earlier this year in nine of India’s 22 telecoms zones. The company said it would provide services including video telephony, mobile broadband, and mobile TV on the third-generation network.
Nokia Siemens Networks will implement and manage Vodafone’s 3G networks in Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh (East), rest of West Bengal and Haryana while Ericsson will cover the high-density metros of Mumbai, Delhi and Kolkata.
As per the agreement, Ericsson will supply RAN system, network rollout services, tuning, spare parts and training services, along with the 3G common core platform and transmission to Vodafone in the coming months.
The radio access network will include multi-standard radio base station RBS 6000 and mobile soft-switching technology.