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NSN to supply all high-speed data services to Unitech Wireless in India

Nokia Siemens Networks has been selected as Unitech Wireless’ exclusive pan-Indian network supplier for high speed data services, ie, a complete GPRS package from implementation to after-care...

Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) has been selected by Unitech Wireless as its exclusive pan-India supplier to roll out and manage its GPRS core network under a three-year contract. Backed by NSN, Unitech Wireless’ subscribers will benefit from both “superior quality voice and high speed mobile data services” from day one.

 NSN will provide an entire gamut of services ranging from network implementation and network operations to care. Managing the day-to-day operations of the pan-Indian GPRS network, it will deliver “increased network efficiency, organisational flexibility, transparency and reduced cost of ownership” to Unitech Wireless.

“The mobile data surge is happening now,” added Urs Pennanen, Head of India Region at Nokia Siemens Networks. “Gearing up for launch by the end of this year, our solution will enable Unitech Wireless to meet the demands of increased user traffic – both from a service and cost point of view...”

NSN will implement IP/Multi Protocol Layer Switching (MPLS) technology and design an end-to-end packet core network with high resiliency and performance. In addition, an online and offline mediation system and the NetAct network management system will monitor, manage and optimise the network to support high-speed data services.

* Uninor is the brand name for Unitech Wireless - the joint venture company of India’s second largest diversified real estate major Unitech Ltd and the Norway-based Telenor Group, the world’s 6th largest mobile services provider. Unitech Wireless holds a pan-India UAS licence to offer mobile telephony services in each of India ’s 22 circles. It has also received spectrum to roll out these services in 21 of the 22 circles and intends to roll out its services in select circles by the end of 2009.

** according to the mobile web analytics firm Bango as of the end of February 2009, around 25-26% or close to 100 million of India ’s 376 million mobile phone users have Internet capable phones, with India accounting for 11.1% of the worldwide mobile web browsing traffic. NSN predicts that by 2011 mobile data will overtake voice traffic, growing exponentially until 2013. Specifically, there will be a yearly doubling of data traffic worldwide from almost 400 petabytes (400 million gigabytes) in 2009 to almost 2,000 petabytes (2 billion gigabytes) by 2011, bypassing the estimated volume of voice traffic (1,200 petabytes in 2011).

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