India’s Unitech Wireless has selected Alcatel-Lucent to support the initial launch of the company’s GSM/EDGE mobile service offering, whereby Alcatel Lucent will deploy turn-key GSM/EDGE networks in the Kerala and Orissa regions. Under the terms of the contract, the company will design, deploy and maintain its multi-standard GSM/EDGE radio access solution including its latest Base Station Controller platform and TWIN transceivers, along with a next-generation network mobile core network.

Alcatel-Lucent will build out Unitech Wireless' network and provide operations management under a comprehensive management services contract. As part of the contract Alcatel-Lucent will offer a range of services including project management, network design, integration, testing, installation, maintenance, multi-vendor radio network planning and optimization and network management.

“We thank Unitech Wireless for their confidence and are looking forward to strengthen our ongoing partnership as we deploy, maintain, manage and grow their network,” said Vivek Mohan, Managing Director, Alcatel-Lucent India. “Our leadership in the rapid delivery of the latest generation of GSM/EDGE radio solutions, and ability to provide quick and seamless support for future evolutions to 3G and beyond, puts us in a unique position to support Unitech Wireless’ ambitious rollout plans.”

Rohit Chandra, COO Unitech Wireless, added, “We look forward to launching our services in Kerala & Orissa and meeting the growing demand for mobile services in India. We are confident that their solution and local services capabilities makes Alcatel-Lucent a good choice for Unitech Wireless."