Motorola and Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) have signed a contract to deploy India’s single largest order for a Global System for Mobile (GSM) communications infrastructure in each of the four states in south India.
The contract, valued at $178 million, will support a total of 1.4 million subscribers in the states of Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh.
BSNL, a government owned entity, is the largest basic wireline service provider in the country currently with more than 34 million subscribers.
BSNL was recently awarded a license to operate as the third cellular service provider and has ambitious plans to provide GSM cellular services in south India. Motorola will provide cellular access across 280 cities and highways in the four states.
The agreement for a total turnkey 900 MHz GSM network reportedly includes base stations, switches, intelligent network, billing platform, turnkey services and project management, and also includes terminal devices and subscriber identity module (SIM) cards.
Motorola will work with local contractors in each state for installation and optimisation of the networks.