Idea selects Ericsson for GSM network

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NEW DELHI, INDIA: Ericsson today announced that it has been selected by Idea Cellular as the sole supplier of its GSM network in Mumbai.


The companies have also signed a managed services partnership. According to the four-year agreement, Ericsson will supply radio access, microwave transmission, and core network equipment, including Ericsson’s Mobile Softswitch Solution.

Ericsson will also be responsible for network deployment and integration, as well as managed services including network and field operations. Rollout is planned to begin shortly, with commercial launch rescheduled for May 2008.

“This move extends our long-running relationship with Ericsson and will provide us with network in Mumbai. It ensures that we are well-positioned for future network development and addresses increasing customer demand for mobile services in a sustainable and cost-efficient way,” said Sanjeev Aga, managing director, Idea Cellular.

Ericsson will also provide a real-time charging system for traditional telecom services and new multimedia services.

Mats Granryd, managing director, Ericsson India, said, “The deal marks Ericsson's first network win in Mumbai and completes its footprint in India’s 23 telecom circles. (The country is divided into 23 telecom regions known as service areas, and operators require separate licenses to operate in each service areas.)