BSNL-Nokia Siemens Networks tie-up for rural broadband access

Written by Agencies | Mumbai, March 31: | Updated: Mar 31 2008, 21:38pm hrs
Nokia Siemens Networks will be partnering Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited in expanding the latter's rural broadband access to 25,000 villages. BSNL is to deploy Nokia Siemens Networks' multi-play solutions, which would allow it to deliver cost-effective high-speed internet access and virtual private networks, among others, to its customers, a release stated on Monday.

"Partnering with Nokia Siemens Networks would give BSNL an edge over other broadband service providers as it would be the first to cover rural areas on such a wide scale," BSNL Chairman and Managing Director Kuldeep Goyal said.

"With high-speed internet service of BSNL, the rural broadband project is suitably poised to bridge digital divide and connect more than 25,000 villages in India by delivering high-speed broadband services," Goyal added.

"BSNL is at the forefront of taking broadband services to masses and Nokia Siemens Networks is proud to partner with it in its efforts," Nokia Siemens Networks' Head (sub region India) Michael Kuehner, said.

The solution will be ready for commercial operation by July, the release said.