MANHASSET, N.Y. India-based communications company Bharti Airtel has awarded Ericsson a contract worth an estimated $1 billion to upgrade and expand its GSM/GPRS network and managed services.
The three-year services agreement will see Ericsson manage design, development and deployment of Bharti's network, including capacity and coverage, enabling the operator to expand in rural India and reach all towns and cities in 15 regions.
Ericsson will also upgrade the network with mobile softswitch (Media Gateway and MSC Servers), the solution that paves the way to an all-IP network. Bharti Airtel expects to be able to reduce operating costs and introduce new services in a cost-efficient way.
Ericsson is a long-term Bharti partner, managing more than 70 percent of its GSM/GPRS network in 15 regions in India.