Ericsson has been selected by Indian operator Idea Cellular as the sole supplier of its GSM network in Mumbai. The parties have also entered a managed services partnership.
Under 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 scheduled for May 2008.
Ericsson is also expected to provide a real-time charging system for traditional telecom services and new multimedia services. The solution is part of Ericsson’s revenue management offering.
Sanjeev Aga, managing director of Idea Cellular, said: This move extends our long-running relationship with Ericsson and will provide us with a state-of-the-art 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.