Is Nortel Still in India?

After losing nearly $200-million on a $500-million contract with Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited, Nortel was expected to quietly bow out of the Indian wireless market. However, it appears BSNL is keeping Nortel in the game with a project to upgrade and install seven million GSM connections in the southern and eastern zones of the carrier’s network. “Our upgradation exercise with Nortel will involve a state-of-the-art network with data-enriched switches and the entire network would be data-enabled so that the transition to 3G networks is smooth and gradual,” Chinmay Mitra, a BSNL general manager, was told the Daily Telegraph newspaper in Calcutta. Maybe this deal is just an extension of Nortel’s first contract with BSNL – perhaps a way for BSNL to reward Nortel for taking it on the chin financially to implement a contract that had as much to do with tower construction and the pouring of cement as it did about building a wireless network. Or maybe it suggests Nortel is hunting for more business from BSNL, which plans a $6-billion investment to roll out a 3G network as it drives to attract 60 million customers.

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2 Responses to “Is Nortel Still in India?”

  1. randymorin Says:

    I don’t know about India, but there not in my home town of Bramladesh.

  2. nortel Says:

    has nortel moved out of their HQ on derry road yet?

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