Nokia Siemens Networks has sealed a contract with BSNL to deploy broadband access across 7,000 villages across India for an undisclosed amount.
The two-year agreement includes supply, installation and commissioning, training and annual maintenance contract for five years.
Nokia Siemens Networks will also supply end-user devices that will enable BSNL to provide speeds of up to 24Mbps for ADSL2+ subscribers over its existing copper infrastructure. The first phase of new lines deployment will be completed by Q1 of 2008.
The deal is the second rural broadband access tender BSNL has awarded to Nokia Siemens Networks. The company is also in parallel deploying the urban broadband access for BSNL across 15 circles.
First phase of that roll-out is in advance stages of completion for 800,000 ports, Nokia Siemens Networks said.