Airtel inks pact with Nokia Siemens Networks

by CXOtoday Staff    Sep 29, 2011

Bharti Airtel entered into an agreement with Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) to expand its 2G networks and deploy 3G networks in seven African countries for an undisclosed amount.

Under the agreement, NSN will manage end-to-end network operations, including planning, designing and implementing the 2G and 3G networks for Airtel.

“This partnership will enable us to rapidly expand our network coverage and provide high-speed wireless internet connectivity to our customers in Africa,” said Manoj Kohli, CEO, (International) and Joint Managing Director, Bharti Airtel.

As per a statement, NSN’s end-to-end managed services will enable Airtel to focus on delivering better customer experience and offer more innovative products and services to customers across markets.

“We look forward to working closely with Airtel to expand its network rapidly, and deliver the right innovative products and services to help meet these demands,” said Rajeev Suri, Chief Executive Officer of Nokia Siemens Networks.

Early this month, Airtel said that it expected to realize revenues of about US $5 billion from its Africa operations by May 2013.

Last year, the company had acquired Kuwait-based Zain Telecom’s African business for about US $140.70 billion.

Airtel has operations in 19 countries across Asia and Africa. It offers mobile voice and data services, fixed line, high-speed broadband, IPTV, DTH and turnkey telecom solutions for enterprises, besides national and international long distance services to carriers.

Airtel had over 233 million customers across its operations at the end of August 2011.