Norway’s Telenor on Thursday inked a five-year outsouring deal with France’s Alcatel-Lucent for managing three GSM technology networks in western and sourthern India. Under the terms of the deal, the Paris-based telecom networks vendor will deliver end-to-end managed services to Telenor’s wholly-owned Indian unit, Telewings Communications, in Gujarat, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh. The Scandinavian GSM carrier, which retails mobile services in India under the Uninor brand, had lost all its 22 permits last year after the apex court quashed the licences dished out by ex-telecoms minister, A Raja.
In the last November auction, it only retained spectrum in six circles, and was compelled to switch off its networks in Mumbai, Kolkata and West Bengal circles. Bell Labs, the research organisation within Alcatel-Lucent, will provide expertise on network and busines modelling to achieve Telewing’s objectives. The latest networks management deal win for Alcatel-Lucent comes on the heels of the $1 billion outsourcing deal that it bagged from Reliance Communications last month.