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Tata Teleservices selects Nokia Siemens Networks for 3G


Gurgaon, India - Tata Teleservices Ltd (TTSL) is India’s first privately owned mobile operator to sign a deal securing its 3G telecoms supplier. It has selected Nokia Siemens Networks technology and expertise to support the launch of 3G. The network, based on WCDMA 3G and including HSPA+, will allow TTSL to offer high-quality mobile broadband providing fast Internet browsing and better quality voice calls.

“There is huge demand for mobile Internet access in India, and that’s what 3G brings,” said Mr. AG Rao, chief technology officer and 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. Nokia Siemens Networks has demonstrated capabilities in our previous 2G deployments, and with its technological superiority it has facilitated us with the fastest time-to-market for new services, and the best value for combined operating and capital costs for mobile networks.”

“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 that will delight TTSL customers. This deployment embeds the latest mobile technology in the Tata Teleservices network preparing it for future demand.”

Under the scope of the contract, Nokia Siemens Networks will supply its compact, energy-efficient and LTE-ready Flexi Multiradio Base Stations. In addition to enabling higher network capacity and faster mobile broadband services, these base stations allow “active sharing”*** between operators to improve efficiency.

Nokia Siemens Networks 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 optimize the 3G/HSPA+ network, and supply other operational support systems.

Nokia Siemens Networks can rapidly deliver 3G in India, thanks to its in-country 3G manufacturing facility at Chennai. It already serves many of the world’s leading 3G operators from its Global Network Solutions Centers located in Noida and Chennai, and these centers will be able to support TTSL from day one.

Nokia Siemens Networks’ research and development center in Bengaluru drives 3G-related initiatives for both the domestic and international market. The company has already set up 3G test labs in India, trained more than 3,200 India-based 3G technology experts and carried out site surveys for 3G network deployments.

About Tata Teleservices Limited
Tata Teleservices Limited is one of India’s leading private telecom service providers, having a pan-India presence across all of India’s 22 telecom Circles. The company offers integrated telecom solutions to its customers under the brands Tata Indicom, Tata DOCOMO, Tata Photon and Tata Walky and uses both the CDMA and GSM technology platform(s) for its wireless networks. Tata Teleservices Limited, along with Tata Teleservices (Maharashtra) Limited, operates in more than 450,000 towns and villages across the country, serving over 76 million subscribers. After its collaboration with Japan’s NTT DOCOMO in November 2008, Tata Teleservices has so far launched GSM services under the TATA DOCOMO brand name in all the 18 telecom Circles where it received spectrum from the Government of India. The company recently launched a new brand on the GSM platform—T24—in partnership with Indian retail giant Future Group. Tata Teleservices’ bouquet of telephony services includes mobile services, wireless desktop phones, public booth telephony and Wireline services.
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About Nokia Siemens Networks
Nokia Siemens Networks is a leading global enabler of telecommunications services. With its focus on innovation and sustainability, the company provides a complete portfolio of mobile, fixed and converged network technology, as well as professional services including consultancy and systems integration, deployment, maintenance and managed services. It is one of the largest telecommunications hardware, software and professional services companies in the world. Operating in 150 countries, its headquarters are in Espoo, Finland.

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Notes to editors:
*India’s telecommunications market is divided into 22 service areas, also referred to as ‘circles’ in the country. The Indian government concluded the auction for 3G spectrum for the country’s 22 telecom circles in May this year.

** Nokia Siemens Networks is the industry leader in WCDMA/HSPA/HSPA+, having more than 175 3G radio network references, and supplying to 18 of the 25 biggest WCDMA/HSPA operators. Currently, HSPA is capable of enabling true mobile broadband with data speeds of up to 42Mbps in the downlink and up to 5.8Mbps in the uplink, and in the future, it is expected to enable downlink speeds of up to 168Mbps.

*** Network sharing is particularly relevant to reduce carbon footprint. Passive site sharing involves different operators using site ancillary equipment such as battery back-up and cooling. However, it is estimated that active sharing of sites, in which operators use the same radio equipment, can reduce the number of elements in the network by 40% for the same coverage, thus using close to 40% less energy.

Nokia Siemens Networks has over 265 managed services contracts worldwide, including 60 3G services contracts, supporting 380 million subscribers globally. And, with more than 175 3G customer references and serving more than half the number of 3G subscribers globally, Nokia Siemens Networks is the leading enabler of 3G services.


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