Telecom equipment providers Ericsson and Nokia Siemens Networks will supply Vodafone Essar with third-generation (3G) equipment.
Nokia Siemens would supply 3G equipment in six circles and Ericsson in three othes, including Delhi and Mumbai, said Vodafone Essar. It did not reveal the deal size. The company had won 3G spectrum in these nine circles in the auction held recently.
Nokia Siemens and Ericsson will enable swift 3G deployment, create synergy between GSM and 3G networks and maintain leading edge HSPA (High Speed Packet Access) networks for Vodafone, the statement said.
Ericsson will provide 3G equipment in Kolkata, Delhi and Mumbai. Nokia Siemens will do so in Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Maharashtra, UP (East), the rest of Bengal and Haryana.
Vodafone will utilise the latest HSPA technology to deliver new services like video telephony, mobile broadband, mobile TV and others. "Globally, Vodafone provides enhanced 3G experiences to a large base of customers. India is now ready for 3G, and we are committed to offer similar high-quality 3G services to our Indian customers," said Marten Pieters, managing director.
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