Nokia Siemens secures $900m deal in India

Nokia Siemens Networks won a $900 million contract from India's largest mobile phone operator, Bharti Airtel, to help expand its communications network, an Associated Press report said.

Under the two-year, 660 million euro contract, Nokia Siemens Networks will install 1.8 million ports and also set up an international calling card prepaid service that will help the Indian company add 4.5 million new customers, a joint statement, quoted by the Associated Press report, said

'Bharti Airtel is undertaking a massive expansion and integration exercise across its mobile and fixed (landline) networks to significantly augment its service delivery capacity,' Manoj Kohli, the company's president, said in the statement.

Nokia Siemens will help in Bharti Airtel's expansion programs in eight of the nation's 23 service zones, according to the company.

Over the past year, India has emerged the world's fastest growing mobile phone market, adding nearly 6 million new connections every month, the report said.

In May, Nokia Siemens won a similar contract valued at $500 million from another leading Indian mobile phone company, Mumbai-based Idea Cellular, the report further said.