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NEC Rolls Out 3G in India
NEC Corp. has launch its 3G Femtocell solution in India, enabling operators to offer high-quality, high-speed 3G mobile services to its enterprise and residential consumers within a few months.
The company has eight contracts worldwide with mobile operators for femtocell system deployments. In addition, NEC has 16 femtocell system trials in progress or that have been completed with mobile operators around the world. The latest being a trial of the NEC Femtocell solution, which is in progress with a mobile operator in India.
“NEC is re-writing the conventional 3G deployment norms so that mobile operators can capture the 3G market quickly and cost efficiently at a time when they are under immense cost stress following 3G network roll-outs and high 3G licensing,” said Atsushi Kuroda, General Manager, international sales and operations business unit. “Femtocell promises 3G services with significant CAPEX and OPEX reduction for India’s 3G mobile operators who must ensure low network costs after the high cost of 3G licensing, while meeting the needs and expectations of their customers.”
The rollout of 3G networks in India will bring new opportunities to mobile operators and to consumers. For example, 3G networks will relieve the congestion in 2G networks, which will improve the consumer experience as well as deliver exciting new data-centric applications and services to consumers. The NEC Femtocell solution addresses the challenges of mobile operators to provide high quality 3G ‘five bar’ mobile coverage indoors, while providing operators the ability to differentiate their service in terms of quality and innovative applications.
Koji Oda, Managing Director of NEC India, commented, “India’s mobile operators already face a hyper-competitive market and are under pressure to reduce the CAPEX and OPEX for their new 3G networks. In addition to securing immense cost saving, a 3G network that incorporates an NEC Femtocell solution instead of a traditional network build out will see a virtuous circle of sustainable customer acquisition and retention as NEC Femtocell provides the 3G service mobile phone customers expect.”