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Nokia Siemens receives BSNL rural village contract

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Nokia Siemens Networks has received a rural tender from Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd. (BSNL) to deploy broadband access across 7,000 Indian villages.

Nokia Siemens Networks has signed a two year agreement with BSNL for supply, installation and commissioning, training, and annual maintenance of the project. The first phase of new lines deployment would be completed by first quarter of 2008. The new access network's high bandwidth will allow BSNL to deliver high data and triple play intensive services such as video on demand, video multi cast, IPTV, video conferencing and VPN among others to its customers. The network will also enable BSNL to provide connectivity to Community Service Centres and other e-governance locations. In parallel, the company is also deploying the urban broadband access for BSNL across 15 circles. The first phase of that roll-out is in advance stages of completion for 800,000 ports.

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