Shyam Telelink, the Indian subsidiary of Sistema, has selected three vendors to supply equipment for construction of CDMA 800 MHz mobile network in India. ZTE, Alcatel-Lucent and Huawei Technologies will each be assigned a different geographical region in India for the deployment of equipment.
Mr. Raymond Armes, President of Shyam Telelink, commented: "We have chosen ZTE, Alcatel-Lucent and Huawei Technologies as our vendors based on the competitive advantages of their equipment and their capabilities to implement complex nation-wide projects."
The contract includes equipment delivery (including base stations, main radio- and switching subsystems and other auxiliary equipment) and provision of services related to network design, installation, start-up and commissioning.
Shyam Telelink was awarded a pan-Indian license in March 2008 and now has spectrum in 19 telecommunications circles, covering 27 Indian states with a population of 1,066.5 million people (which comprise around 94.5% of the Indian population).