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Ericsson has bagged a seven-year deal, likely worth more than $1 billion, to manage the network of Reliance Communications across 11 service areas, making the Swedish telecom gear maker the only service provider to manage the pan-India network of a mobile phone operator.

The latest deal – covering circles in east and south which was till now being managed by French rival Alcatel-Lucent is an extension of a similar one signed in 2013. That deal was worth $1 billion, and covered the other 11 circles, in northern and western India. “We have full responsibility for Reliance (Communications) networks.

We are going to manage about a 150,000 km of fibres, multivendor and multi-technology networks – CDMA, GSM (both 2G and 3G), and wireline,” Magnus Mandersson, executive vice president and head of business unit global services at Ericsson, told ET in an interview.

Mandersson didn’t disclose any financial terms, while RCom declined to comment on the deal, which typically includes activities such as designing, building, operating and managing dayto-day operations for the entire network of the customer. Original post at ET Telecom

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