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Bharti Airtel and Alcatel-Lucent form JV

To manage Airtel's pan-India broadband and telephone services

By CBR Staff Writer

Indian telecoms company Bharti Airtel and Alcatel-Lucent have formed a joint venture to manage Airtel’s pan-India broadband and telephone services and help its transition to NG networks offering advanced services like high-speed internet, triple play, media-rich VAS, MPLS, and VPN.

Under the five-year $500m deal, Alcatel-Lucent will design, deploy, optimize and manage Airtel’s network through a new legal entity in which it will hold a 74% stake, while Airtel holds the rest. The venture will employ 4,000 people and will include service roll-out, installation and fault repair, service continuity, and transformation.

Manoj Kohli, chief executive at Bharti Airtel, said: This JV is another step towards our vision to continuously redefine and deliver the benchmarks of customer experience. We will leverage Alcatel-Lucent’s global expertise in IP transformation and network management to accelerate performances as we migrate to NG networks for our broadband and telephone customers, opening the door to advanced services and applications.

The company said the partnership will optimize capital investment and increase operational efficiency by moving voice and data traffic into a packetized infrastructure.

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