Vodafone Essar one of the largest service providers in India has announced 3G Services roll-out in India with the partnership of Nokia Siemens Networks and Ericsson India. In the latest developments Vodafone has gaven a three-year contract estimated at $500 million, on Wednesday, to the gear manufacturers who are also the company’s existing equipment vendors( Nokia Siemens Networks and Ericsson India). This partnership will vodafone to roll-out its 3G services in its licensed circles in India. The nine licensed circles where vodafone can provide 3G includes Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai and Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra and Goa, Gujarat, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh (East) and West Bengal which covers most of the vodafone india’s customer base.
With the implementation of the 3G roll out, more than 113.8 million Vodafone users will be able to avail high-end services such as video calling, interactive gaming and high-speed internet on mobile phones by late December.
According to the latest press release from vodafone
“Globally, Vodafone already provides enhanced 3G services to a large number of customers. Now India is ready for 3G, and we are committed to bringing these benefits to our Indian subscribers,” said Marten Pieters, managing director, Vodafone Essar. “Nokia Siemens Networks is the 3G leader and we view our relationship as a strategic alliance built around delivering and maintaining the high-quality service which Vodafone customers expect.”
“We are committed to implementing a smart 3G network for Vodafone Essar based on combining our global experience with local expertise and resources,” said Urs Pennanen, head of Nokia Siemens Networks in India. “We are fully geared-up for a speedy implementation of the 3G network, optimizing existing GSM technology to reduce the total cost of ownership for the operator. Subscribers can expect exciting new mobile broadband services and seamless interoperability between 2G and 3G networks.