Telenor India has entered into a managed and transformation services pact with Alcatel-Lucent for operations in India. Alcatel-Lucent will provide managed and transformation services to Telewings Communications Private Limited, a fully owned Telenor Group company.
The agreement will cover the three ‘circles’ of Gujarat, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh, covering a population of more than 257 million people in three of the fastest-growing provinces for Telewings for new subscribers.
Telewings secured spectrum for six telecom zones in recently held auction. They are- Gujarat, Bihar, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh east, Uttar Pradesh west and Andhra Pradesh
It acquired spectrum in the six circles for Rs 4,018 crore. Telenor had to pay Rs 1,326 crore, or 33 per cent of the final bid amount, to the government as the first-year payment.
Telenor, which entered the Indian market in 2009 through a joint venture (JV) with Unitech Group, bought back the latter’s stake in the JV after the Supreme Court cancelled its licence in February 2012.
The company said that this strategic win expands our relationship with Telenor and provides a clear indication of the confidence they have in its ability to be among the leaders in network transformation.”
Telewing’s will benefit from Alcatel-Lucent’s proven experience and delivery model, ensuring customers have the highest quality network experience possible.
Yogesh Malik, COO, Telewings said ''We, in Uninor, have been continuously challenging traditional operating models since launch of our services, especially the boundaries between our partners. We believe that thinking beyond traditional Managed Services, working together in a transformational partnership set-up will bring continuous innovation and deliver better services to our end-consumers. Alcatel-Lucent has demonstrated that they can work in such a business set-up and hence we have chosen them as our long-term partner.''
Alcatel-Lucent will leverage its global managed services expertise and tools to deliver network transformation services focusing on improved customer experience management and operational efficiency.
Bell Labs, the research organization within Alcatel-Lucent, will provide expertise on network and business modeling to achieve Telewing’s transformational objectives.
Alcatel-Lucent will deploy established standards-based network performance tools and expertise to improve and transform existing networks.
As a leader in transformation and managed services, Alcatel-Lucent has a proven track record of supporting customers through highly skilled and experienced local presence, along with the benefit of a company with global scale.
Hilde Tonne, EVP Group Industrials Development Telenor Group said, 'Telenor Group appreciates this partnership done with Alcatel-Lucent in India. This establishes a platform for further innovative operating models in India and for taking those learnings and practices in other markets across the Group.''
Rajeev Singh-Molares, President, Alcatel-Lucent Asia Pacific, said: "India is a very competitive market when it comes to Average Rate per User (ARPU). Service providers such as Telenor in India are focused on enhancing network operations efficiency and in turn end consumer user experience. Telenor understands this and is therefore bringing in Alcatel-Lucent's world class expertise to help them address it."
Alcatel Lucent SA (ADR)(NYSE:ALU) has formed new ventures in India and Iraq, and the company made its announcements at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
The infrastructure provider has entered into an agreement with Telnor India to provide managed transformational services to a unit of Telnor Group Company called Telewings Communications Private Ltd.
The contract between the two companies will over the states of Gujarat, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh and more than 250 million people in the three states are expected to benefit from it.
In order to achieve its purpose of establishing a high standard of operational performance the company will be utilising the Bells Labs Technologies.
In Iraq Alcatel Lucent signed a deal with Regional Telecom for setting up 4G LTE technology to provide wireless broadband services in the country by the communications services company.
Subscribers will have access to high speed internet access with the implementation of the contract.
According to the announcement made by the company apart from high-definition video streaming, video conferencing and voice calling, this venture is believed to help Iraq to recover and re-establish the nation’s communication infrastructure, which was hampered to a great extent by the recent political unrest. This project is believed to recover and encourage Iraqi economy as it will bring back the required business connectivity.
Alcatel-Lucent has been busy signing contract in the emerging markets. It recently entered into agreement with Etisalat in Sri Lanka and Reliance Communications in India.