‘We are responsible for 1/3rd of the 3G rollouts in India’
Performance in FY 2011-12 The highlight of 2011 was the rollout of 3G/HSPA. During the year, our strong presence in most 2G circles helped us gain a significant foothold in 3G. Ericsson was the partner of choice for leading operators like Bharti, Vodafone, Aircel, Idea, and others for 3G network rollouts and we continue to be responsible for about one-third of the existing 3G rollout in India.
We have increased our managed services market share to become a leader. We signed new deals with leading operators including Bharti, Aircel, SSTL, and Idea managing the networks in multi-vendor and multi-technology environment. With Telcordia under Ericsson’s fold, our OSS/BSS portfolio has become stronger.
3G Equipment Deployment
The early rollout of 3G took place in 2011 and we have established a clear lead in this area. Now operators are focusing on traffic enhancement in specific areas. Our strategy is to strengthen our position as well as increase our footprints in the ongoing network modernization. Ericsson has been the preferred partner of the leading operators in India to roll out their 3G networks. We have signed 3G deals with Bharti, Aircel, Vodafone, and Idea.
Performance in Managed Services
In India, we have a leading market share of managed services due to our global experience, in-depth knowledge, and understanding of the Indian market. Ericsson also has one of the highest number of base stations under our management. Now with 2G, 3G, CDMA, and landline coexisting in India, the complexity in managing end-to-end network performance has increased manifold. The year 2011 holds great significance with Ericsson signing 5 key deals with major telecom operators and service providers—Bharti, Aircel, SSTL, Idea, and Tata Sky in multi-technology and multi-vendor environment, making us a market leader in managed services.
Development on Manufacturing
Over the years, Ericsson India has significantly increased its local production capabilities both in terms of capacity and cutting edge technology. Early last year, another assembly line was added to increase the production capacity and we are now extending our capabilities towards exports from India.
R&D Lab Initiative
In India we have 3 RFD centers in Gurgaon, Bengaluru, and Chennai. We are doing RFD in several areas including revenue management, IP, and OSS.
New Focus Areas
We expect the rollout of BWA services to begin in different parts of the country by 2012. Many operators and service providers are scaling up their delivery of cloud services for their global customers.