Motorola awarded $33 million contract extension

Indian telecom service provider, Bharat Sanchar Nigam has awarded Motorola a $33 million contract extension for its Global System for Mobile Communications network in South India.

Indian telecom service provider, Bharat Sanchar Nigam (BSNL) has awarded Motorola a contract extension for its Global System for Mobile (GSM) Communications network in Southern India.

Under terms of the $33 million contract, Motorola will install a GSM network for BSNL in Chennai and expand its existing network in nine other cities, including Hyderabad, Vishakapatnam and Warangal.

The network expansion and deployment, which is scheduled to be completed by April 2003, will provide BSNL with an additional subscriber capacity of 313,000.

The current expansion contract builds on an initial $170 million contract awarded earlier this year by BSNL for deployment of a GSM cellular network in Southern India. Under the contract, Motorola deployed a GSM cellular network in the States of Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala.