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Ericsson receives billion dollar order from Indian Bharti Airtel

24.08.2006 – 15:55

Ericsson GmbH

Dusseldorf (ots)

The Indian network operator has signed a $ 1 billion contract with Ericsson. The agreement includes managed services as well as the expansion and upgrade of Bharti Airtel's GSM / GPRS network. In this way, the provider can increase its network capacity and further expand the coverage of its GSM network in India.

Ericsson plans, builds and operates Bharti's network over the next three years. Thanks to the newly combined outsourcing and infrastructure contract, the telecommunications company will then be able to reach every city in 15 out of 23 Indian regions and expand its offering to include rural areas.

With its mobile softswitch solution, Ericsson is also paving the way for the transition to a fully IP-based network. Among other things, the Ericsson Media Gateway and the MSC (Mobile Switching Center) server are used. This reduces operating costs and new services can be introduced cost-effectively.

"We are constantly looking for innovative business models to become even more attractive for our customers," says Manoj Kohli, President of Bharti Airtel. "The ManagedServices contract allows us to concentrate on our customers, while our partner Ericsson uses all its international experience to expand our networks to all major cities by March 2007. In addition, we obtain next-generation technology from Ericsson, which we use to offer our customers innovative products and services can provide. "

"With large expansion products like this, speed is of the essence," explains Mats Granryd, Managing Director of Ericsson India. "Ericsson has already impressively demonstrated its experience in this area. We are very proud that Bharti Airtel has chosen us as a partner for the expansion of its Indian network and, above all, the development of rural regions."

Ericsson has been working successfully with Bharti Airtelz for a long time and manages around 70 percent of the GSM / GPRS network in 15 Indian regions.

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The Bharti Airtel company

Bharti Airtel Limited is one of the largest private providers of telecommunications services in India with a customer base of 25.89 million subscribers (as of July 2006) - including 24.34 mobile phone users. Business Week ranked Bharti among the top ten most successful companies in its list of the 100 most important IT companies. Further information can be found at

The Ericsson Managed Services offering

As part of the Managed Services offering, Ericsson takes over the entire network management for a customer in daily operations. This can also include the regulated provision of network capacities for peak loads or efficient network expansion. Content management and hosting of applications are also part of the Managed Services offering. Ericsson is the undisputed industry leader in this area. Since 2002, the company has signed around 100 managed services contracts with network operators around the world. Around 65 million subscribers worldwide are connected to networks managed by Ericsson. This does not include the hosting services.

Softswitch solutions from Ericsson

Ericsson is the leading provider of softswitch solutions for landline and mobile communications. The company's technologies comply with all international standards and have proven themselves many times in commercial use. They enable an efficient, risk-free transition from existing power-switched networks to IP-based platforms with optimal service quality. Softswitch solutions from Ericsson make optimal use of the existing network resources and support classic telephony as well as next-generation services. They are used by over 85 landline and mobile network operators worldwide.

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