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Aircel launches 2.5G based GSM mobile services in North India

Its good news pouring in for GSM users in North India as Aircel is all set to launch its GSM mobile service in Northern India. Aircel, which has been targeting to grow its Pan-India status for quite some time has extended its 2.5G network in Haryana, Punjab and Rajasthan. The commercial services would be launched in these thee states sometime in April 2010.

Aircel has joined hands with Nokia Siemens Network in a contract of over 300 million USD for this purpose. As a part of this deal, Nokia Siemens would provide Aircel GSM Radio, core and microwave network equipment. In addition to this, Aircel's network would be managed by Nokia Siemens for the next four years.

Aircel which is a joint venture between Maxis Communications and Sindya securities and Investments private limited had launched its operations back in 1999. Within a record span of 18 months it gained the status of being the leading mobile operator in Tamilnadu. To date Aircel has a presence in 18 telecom circles and is believed to be the fifth largest GSM mobile service provider in India with a impressive subscriber base of over 31 million as on Dec31 2009.

NSN on its part would install Flexi EDGE Base station and IP ready Flexi Hybrid microwave radio products as well as mobile softswitch core network, Net act network management system and Net viewer element manager to assist Aircel in its network operations. The deal would spell benefits for both Aircel and NSN. The two companies had signed a deal back in 2007 as well.

Aircel would be benefiting by making use of NSNs reliable service and rich technological experience which would provide them with the latest GSM technology. Speaking on the partnership Gurdeep Singh COO Aircel added “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.”

This is NSNs second multi million dollar Telecom deal this week , earlier one being the  $700 million network expansion deal with Airtel. NSN would help Aircel not only reduce its carbon footprint but also prepare it for 3G service launches in future. Urs Pennanen, head of the Indian region at Nokia Siemens Networks said “Nokia Siemens Networks is committed to supporting Aircel in its endeavor to offer differentiated services in India’s fast-growing and intensely competitive market with our extensive products, solutions and services portfolio.”