Aircel, India’s 5th largest GSM mobile service provider geared up to expand its 2.5G network in 3 more circles to become pan India mobile service operator.The GSM network expansion contract is given to Global telecom equipment maker Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN).
The NSN will cover the 3 telecom circles named Haryana, Punjab and Rajasthan to deploy radio and core GSM network and managed services for Aircel.The commercial service will be launched by April 2010.
Mr Gurdeep Sing, Chief Operation Officer, Aircel stated “we have set ourselves ambitious goals to become not only a strong nationwide service provider, but also the operator of choice for millions of Indian subscribers with our proposition of high-quality services. With Nokia Siemens Networks as our partner, we have launched networks in record time while delivering superior service quality and end-user experience to our customers. We are confident that the company will help us efficiently realize our targets yet again.”
According to the announcement by NSN, It will deploy its Flexi EDGE Base Station and IP-ready FlexiHybrid Microwave radio products, as well as its mobile softswitch core network, and NetAct network management system and NetViewer element manager to help Aircel monitor, manage and optimize the network.
Aircel began its outward expansion in 2005 and met with unprecedented success in the Eastern frontier circles. It emerged a market leader in Assam and in the North Eastern provinces within 18 months of operations. Till today, the company gained a foothold in 18 circles including Chennai, Tamil Nadu, Assam, North East, Orissa, Bihar, Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, West Bengal, Kolkata, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Delhi, UP(West), UP(East), Maharashtra & Goa and Mumbai.