Idea cellular commissioned Nokia Siemens Networks to supply equipment, build and manage its 3G networks in four circles – Uttar Pradesh (East), Uttar Pradesh (West), Kerala and Haryana. Nokia Siemens Networks will allow Idea users to enjoy high-speed data and improved voice services in these telecom circles.
“We believe that 3G has the potential to transform the way people communicate and the way businesses run. Our goal is to empower our subscribers by offering a reliable 3G mobile network that provides high-quality experience of voice and data services. Nokia Siemens Networks, as a world leader in 3G and as a long-standing partner for our GSM services, is well positioned to build our 3G network. It will allow us to reach our customers with new and innovative services in the shortest time possible and in a cost-efficient manner,” said Anil Tandan, Chief Technology Officer, Idea Cellular.
Idea Cellular had grabbed 3G license for 11 circles – Maharashtra & Goa, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh (E), Uttar Pradesh (W), Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, and Jammu & Kashmir.
Last month, Tata Docomo launched its 3G services in 9 circles and this month Reliance Communications unveiled their 3G services in 4 important circles. Airtel is expected to launch 3G before the year end. On the other hand, Idea, Aircel and Vodafone will launch their 3G services in India by Q1 of 2011.