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Nokia Siemens Networks to expand broadband access to 25,000 villages for Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited in India

(PresseBox) (New Delhi, India, ) More than 25,000 Indian villages are set to join the digital age and enjoy the social and economic benefits of connectivity as Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), India s largest telecommunications service provider, is to expand rural broadband access in partnership with Nokia Siemens Networks.

BSNL is to deploy Nokia Siemens Networks multi play solutions, which will allow it to deliver cost effective high speed Internet access and Virtual Private Networks among others to its customers. The network will also enable BSNL to provide connectivity to CSCs (Community Service Centres) and other e-governance locations.

India today has approximately 3.4 million broad connections, of which 1.7 million connections are provided by BSNL alone. With the expansion of broadband density in urban and rural areas using ADSL2+ technology, BSNL plans to cover more than 25000 villages broadband enabled shortly.

"BSNL is a pioneer in providing affordable high-quality communications services to its customers and this mega broadband expansion initiative is another step in that direction. Partnering with Nokia Siemens Networks would give BSNL an edge over other broadband services providers as it would be the first to cover rural areas on such a wide scale", said Kuldeep Goyal, Chairman and Managing Director, BSNL. "With high speed Internet service of BSNL, the rural broadband project is suitably poised to bridge digital divide and connect more than 25,000 villages in India by delivering high speed broadband services", he added.

"With a population of 700 million, rural India, without a doubt holds the key to the future growth of the telecommunication industry and the long term economic and social development of the country", said Michael Kuehner, Head, Sub region India, Nokia Siemens Networks. "BSNL is at the forefront of taking world class broadband services to the masses and Nokia Siemens Networks is proud to partner with it in its efforts. This fourth broadband access tender placed by BSNL shows our longstanding partnership in offering end to end solutions customized to varying requirements," he added.

As part of the contract, Nokia Siemens Networks is deploying its Gigabit Ethernet-capable IP DSLAMs SURPASS hiX5625 (Digital Subscriber Line Access Multiplexers) and chassis based access switch (SURPASS hiD6615). Nokia Siemens Networks will also supply customer premises equipment that will enable BSNL to provide speeds of up to 8 Mbps using ADSL2+ for its subscribers over its existing copper infrastructure.

With this contract, Nokia Siemens Networks strengthens its positions as leading player in Broadband segment in India. The solution will be ready for commercial operation by July 2008.

The company is in parallel deploying solution for the urban broadband access for BSNL across 20 circles.

About Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd. (BSNL)
BSNL, a Government of India-owned corporation, is the incumbent and largest telecommunications services provider in India with a pan-India footprint but for Delhi and Mumbai. It has a network of over 80 million subscribers covering all towns with over 69 million telephone connections. The corporation is an integrated telecommunications service provider with presence in the fixed line, cellular mobile, long distance and data segments with over 35 million fixed line, 34.5 million cellular mobile and 5 million Internet subscribers including 1.7 million broadband customers. To know more about BSNL, please log on to http://www.bsnl.co.in