NSN rolls out networks in seven new Indian regions for Vodafone Essar

Taking just ten months, Vodafone Essar has rolled out a series of networks in seven of India's regions. The company was acting for its existing infrastructure partner, Nokia Siemens Networks. 

Vodafone Essar has completed a rapid service expansion into seven new regions across India. People living in or traveling to Assam, Bihar, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Madhya Pradesh, North East and Orissa will now be able to use services provided by India's second largest GSM operator. Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN), Vodafone Essar's existing infrastructure partner in 12 regions, undertook the new network roll-out in just ten months.
 The planning and building of the seven networks was undertaken as in the first phase of a three year expansion contract awarded to Nokia Siemens Networks in 2008. Further expansion will carry on through 2010. 
NSN operates on a policy of network roll-out which is both speedy and high volume, and in India alone it sets up 5,000 base stations a month. With this contract, the company has emerged as Vodafone's largest network implementation partner in India: more than 80% of Vodafone's subscriber traffic in the country flows through infrastructure set up by Nokia Siemens Networks. 
"We are proud to partner with Vodafone Essar as it charts an aggressive growth strategy and are committed to helping it realise its goals," said C B Velayuthan, Head, Vodafone Customer Team, NSN. " India's vast geography and varied topology, in addition to the acute power shortage in remote areas, make network expansion a challenging task. Our Flexi Base Station and service capabilities are the...solution for service providers who want to achieve more with less."
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