Nokia Siemens wins network upgrade deal from BSNL

Nokia Siemens Networks Wednesday said it has won a contract to modernize the network of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd.India’s largest carrier.

The new access network’s high bandwidth will ensure that Bharat Sanchar Nigam’s customers can use data-intensive applications with the highest quality and without long waiting times, Nokia said.

In a first step Bharat Sanchar Nigam will supply 283 cities in 17 Indian states with 800,000 new high-speed connections based on Carrier Ethernet technology from Nokia Siemens Networks. Bharat Sanchar Nigam will roll out six million connections with the option of an additional three million in the next three years.

By the end of July 2007, Nokia Siemens Networks will integrate Gigabit Ethernet-capable internet protocol Digital Subscriber Line Access Multiplexers in the carrier’s network and also supply the end-user devices required for subscribers.

The agreement will run for a term of three years and comprises installation and commissioning. Training for Bharat Sanchar Nigam’s technicians and annual maintenance will be supported for five years.