Mobile broadband and VAS launching in Punjab & West Bengal

Three of India’s telecom circles will soon have access to high-quality mobile broadband, a new range of VAS and significantly improved voice services from Aircel.

The operator has selected Nokia Siemens Networks to supply, deploy and manage its HSPA+ (High Speed Packet Access)* enabled 3G network in Punjab, Kolkata and rest of West Bengal. Nokia Siemens Networks has supplied and continues to manage Aircel’s GSM/EDGE network in six circles of the country.

“With mobile broadband, we want to provide unique services based on innovative data and value-added services, and create a new portfolio of mobile applications for our customers,” said Gurdeep Singh, COO, Aircel.

“We are committed to enabling a rapid and smooth rollout of the mobile broadband network for Aircel” said Urs Pennanen, head of India Region, Nokia Siemens Networks. “Our end-to-end solution will help Aircel address the surge in data traffic due to growing use of smartphones as well as generate new revenue opportunities through its delivery of a superior experience to its subscribers.”

Nokia Siemens Networks will supply its compact Flexi Base Stations and Radio Network Controller that are not only easy to deploy, but also reduce energy consumption of the network. Aircel will be able to smartly manage its data traffic growth to ensure an improved end-user experience, thanks to a full suite of advanced Quality of Service features from Nokia Siemens Networks. As part of the deal, Nokia Siemens Networks will also provide a future-proof mobile packet backbone network, security solutions, and its multi-vendor network management and optimization software, NetAct.

Nokia Siemens Networks will operate and manage Aircel’s 3G network for four years under a managed services contract. Using its global service delivery model, it will also deliver network implementation, optimization, network management, operations and maintenance services remotely from its Global Network Solutions Center (GNSC).

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