Tata and NSN begin Indian 3G rollout

Tata Teleservices Ltd (TTSL) has become the first privately owned Indian operator to secure a deal for 3G network equipment. The firm has commissioned Nokia Siemens Networks to provide technology and expertise pertinent to its 3G rollout.

TTSL aims to provide high quality mobile broadband over the network, which is based on WCDMA technology and includes HSPA+.

“There is huge demand for mobile Internet access in India, and that’s what 3G brings,” said Mr. AG Rao, chief technology officerand president, Enterprise Business, TTSL. “We want to move quickly, which is why we’re the first to secure our key 3G technology and services supplier.”

“We are committed to a rapid rollout of TTSL’s network,” said Urs Pennanen, head of India Region, Nokia Siemens Networks. “Our strong local 3G expertise will allow us to create a truly efficient and high-quality network. This deployment embeds the latest mobile technology in the Tata Teleservices network preparing it for future demand.”

The contract will see NSN providing its energy-efficient and LTE-ready Flexi Multiradio Base Stations, which allow ‘active sharing’ between operators as well as enabling higher network capacity and faster mobile broadband speeds.

NSN will provide network implementation and managed services to ensure a smooth rollout, improved network performance and seamless introduction of new services. The company will also provide its NetAct network management system to monitor, manage and optimise the 3G/HSPA+ network, and supply other operational support systems.

The 3G rollout will be facilitated by NSN’s 3G manufacturing facility, based in Chennai, as well as a research and development centre based in Bengaluru. The firm is developing a 3G hub in India, having created 3G test labs in the country as well as training over 3200 3G tech experts based in the subcontinent. All of these resources will play a role in supporting TTSL’s 3G rollout from day one.

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