NSN, ZTE win Aircel 3G deals

India's Aircel has awarded 3G rollout contracts to vendors Nokia Siemens and ZTE.
The operator has contracted NSN to deliver HSPA+ base stations and radio network controllers in three of its 13 circles.
NSN will also provide a mobile packet backbone network, security solutions and network management and optimization software.
ZTE has won an $85 million (€64 million) deal to provide its integrated 2G, 3G and HSPA+ platform and to upgrade Aircell’s GSM network. The SDR equipment will also provide a path to transition to LTE, the vendor said.
Nokia Siemens will manage the network under a four-year services contract.
Aircel last month awarded a 3G contract to Ericsson for six circles, covering core, radio and transmission network equipment and network rollout and consulting services.
The operator paid 65 billion rupees (€1 billion) for 3G spectrum in 13 of India's 22 telecom circles in June, and plans to launch 3G services in the 10 largest cities in each circle in the first quarter of next year.