"Paris and New Delhi, March 3, 2009 – Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE:ALU) announced today that it has won a contract from Tata Teleservices Ltd, India’s premier unified telecommunication provider. This contract, covering over 7 years will enable Tata Teleservices to expand their CDMA /GSM network in 22 states pan India, covering close to 60 million subscribers."
so perhaps the second part of the 7 years agreement was subject to a reassessment of vendor performance, or client needs, or who knows what....the 'three years' mentioned in the lightreading piece would finish out the 7 year agreement. maybe it is an expansion of the original...it's hard for a telecom to know exactly what they will need a decade in advance -- and we are just guessing at the terms.
the only thing that makes me think this is something entirely new is that the original announcement mentioned '22 states pan india' and the lightreading article mentions '51 countries'.
fwiw, lightreading is a legitimate website, with 300,000 members, that covers news and research in the telecommunications field.