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    Bharti Airtel and Nokia Siemens Networks sign Memorandum of Understanding for a USD 900 Mn. end-to-end network expansion
    - Among the largest GSM expansion deals in India 

    - Largest Next Generation Network (NGN) deal in the country for 1.8 million subscriber lines for National Long Distance and International Long Distance Network making Nokia Siemens Networks the leading supplier of fixed line equipment to Airtel 

    - Major expansion of International Calling Card prepaid service adding 4.5 million new users capacity to Airtel network

    Bharti Airtel Limited, India’s leading private telecom services provider and Nokia Siemens Networks today strengthened their partnership further by signing a Memorandum of Understanding for a USD 900 Mn. (approx.) expansion contract across Airtel’s mobile, fixed and Intelligent Network platforms. In the first multi platform network contract of its kind to be awarded in India, Nokia Siemens Networks will expand Airtel’s GSM network  in eight circles; its National Long Distance and International Long Distance network with 1.8 million Next Generation Network (NGN) ports – the largest ever NGN contract in the country – and its International Calling Card prepaid service capacity by 4.5 million news users. The GSM and NGN expansions are planned over two years and the International calling cards expansion over three years.

    The Memorandum of Understanding was signed between Mr. Manoj Kohli, President and CEO of Bharti Airtel and Mr. Simon Beresford Wylie, CEO of Nokia Siemens Networks.

    Commenting on the partnership, Mr. Manoj Kohli said, “Bharti Airtel is undertaking a massive expansion and integration exercise across its mobile and fixed networks to significantly augment its service delivery capacity. Today’s comprehensive network expansion contract is a reflection of this vision. Nokia Siemens Networks with its industry leading product portfolio and strong services capabilities is the strategic partner for Bharti Airtel to deliver on its vision of world class telecom services to its customers.”

    “We are honored to be awarded this first of its kind end to end network expansion contract by Bharti Airtel. Nokia Siemens Networks has been a strong partner in Bharti Airtel’s growth and this contract establishes us as the leading integrated partner across their networks,” said Simon Beresford-Wylie. “Nokia Siemens Networks has the experience and expertise in delivering integrated solutions and services and will enable Bharti Airtel to tap new market opportunities driven by convergence, optimize network performance and costs and continue to grow market share,” he added.

    The two year GSM expansion will cover the eight existing circles of Mumbai, Maharashtra & Goa, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh & Chattisgarh, Bihar & Jharkhand, Orissa, Kolkata and West Bengal where Nokia Siemens Networks already provides equipment and Managed Services. The expansion will enable Airtel to rapidly expand its geographical footprint to rural India and increase its overall network capacity.

    The contract includes network planning, implementation and project management, handling of local logistics and materials as well as system integration for the base station sites.

    Nokia Siemens Networks has one of the world’s largest services networks with more than 20,000 dedicated professionals and outstanding execution capability. The network will be continued to be supported by the multitechnology, multivendor NetAct(TM) network and service management system. Nokia Siemens Networks will deploy the latest state of art GSM equipment such as Flexi Edge and Ultrasite BTS, BSC3i, 3GPP-based mobile softswitching solution including 3G capable MSC Servers and Media Gateways, and transmission network including PDH & SDH.

    For the two year Fixed Network expansion, Nokia Siemens Networks will deploy 1.8 million Next Generation Networks ports across Airtel’s National Long Distance and International Long Distance. The largest NGN expansion exercise in the country will allow Airtel to consolidate its position as a leading fixed line operator covering Class 4 – Long Distance National and International Switches. Nokia Siemens Networks will deploy its complete IP trunking solution with SURPASS hiE 9200 softswitches, SURPASS hiG 1200 media gateways and SURPASS hiR 200 media servers. For optimized support of international traffic, some of the components will be deployed in other countries.

    The three year International Calling Cards services expansion will see Airtel more than quadruple its capacity and adequately address its calling card business expansion to tap more international markets. The calling card prepaid service will be supported by Nokia Siemens Networks’ flexible IN@vantage platform for intelligent services. It also allows Bharti to increase network traffic and related revenues by addressing specific market segments and user expectations with dedicated communication solutions.

    Both Nokia and Siemens have been associated with building Airtel’s mobile and fixed networks. The previous major deal for GSM expansion that was signed last year between Nokia and Bharti was valued at $ 400m.

    About Bharti Airtel
    Bharti Airtel Limited, a group company of Bharti Enterprises, is one of India’s leading private sector providers of telecommunications services with an aggregate of 42.68 million customers as of end of May 31‘07, consisting of 40.74 million mobile customers. Bharti Airtel has been rated among 10 best performing companies in the world in the BusinessWeek IT 100 list 2006.
    Bharti Airtel is structured into three strategic business units - Mobile services, Broadband & Telephone (B&T) services and Enterprise services. The mobile business provides mobile & fixed wireless services using GSM technology across 23 telecom circles. The B&T business provides broadband & telephone services in 94 cities. The Enterprise services provide end-to-end telecom solutions to corporate customers and national & international long distance services to carriers. All these services are provided under the Airtel brand. Airtel’s high-speed optic fibre network currently spans over 40,000 kms covering all the major cities in the country. The company has two international landing stations in Chennai that connects two submarine cable systems - i2i to Singapore and SEA-ME-WE-4 to Europe. For more information, visit www.bhartiairtel.in

    About Nokia Siemens Networks
    Nokia Siemens Networks is a leading global enabler of communications services. The company provides a complete, well-balanced product portfolio of mobile and fixed network infrastructure solutions and addresses the growing demand for services with 20,000 service professionals worldwide. The combined pro-forma net sales of €17.1 billion Euro in fiscal year 2006 make Nokia Siemens Networks one of the largest telecommunications infrastructure companies. Nokia Siemens Networks has operations in some 150 countries and is headquartered in Espoo, Finland. It combines Nokia’s Networks Business Group and the carrier related businesses of Siemens Communications.

    In India, Nokia Siemens Networks is the largest telecommunications equipment vendor* and the leader in managed services. A leading supplier to all the major GSM operators in the country, Nokia Siemens Networks serves its customers with a best-in-class portfolio, a strong presence in the growing services market, a powerful global R&D team, and a huge global installed base. Nokia Siemens Networks' operations in India include Sales & Marketing, Research & Development, Manufacturing and Global Networks Operations Centre. Headquartered at Gurgaon, the company has presence in over 170 locations across the country.
    *as reported by Voice & Data Top 100 survey