WIRE­LESS IN­FRA­STRUC­TURE

Dis­mal Per­for­mance

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Slow.pick.up.of.3G.and.lack.of.4G.ecosys­tem. led.to.the.down­fall...

The wire­less in­fra­struc­ture seg­ment in FY12 was de­pen­dent on 2G and 3G as one could not see large scale de­ploy­ment of 4G net­work. In case of 2G, it was more of ca­pac­ity ex­pan­sion in B and C class cir­cles whereas in case of 3G there was a lot of hope ini­tially which died down as net­work was un­able to de­liver due to lack of proper back­bone in­fra­struc­ture. In case of 4G, lack of proper ecosys­tem de­layed things and it is ex­pected that large scale de­ploy­ment will hap­pen only in 2013, once op­er­a­tors launch their net­works in cou­ple of cities in this fis­cal.

All the ven­dors be it Al­ca­tel-Lu­cent, Eric­s­son, Huawei, NSN, and ZTE have fo­cused on 2G and 3G. In 2G, the fo­cus is on value added ser­vices whereas in 3G, the fo­cus is on im­prov­ing con­sumer’s ex­pe­ri­ence. Fo­cus is also on im­prov­ing back­bone and ac­cess net­work so that con­sumer can get bet­ter ex­pe­ri­ence.

2G/3G Deals

Al­ca­tel-Lu­cent has in its kitty—CDMA net­work of RCom and Tata, GSM net­work of Uni­nor, BSNL’s GSM net­work for the western re­gion, and Mum­bai net­work of MTNL. In the last fis­cal, Al­ca­tel-Lu­cent bagged an or­der of over ` 300 crore from In­dian Air Force to de­ploy WCDMA based wire­less net­work cov­er­ing many air force sta­tions across In­dia through HCL. This is a cap­tive 3G mo­bile net­work and will of­fer a lot of value added ser­vices to In­dian Air Force. Once the net­work is com­pleted, it is planned to be in­te­grated with In­dian Air Force net­work.

The com­pany is man­ag­ing GSM, CDMA, and back­bone net­work of RCom. This is also the largest multi-ven­dor and multi-tech­nol­ogy man­aged ser­vices foot­print in the coun­try. The com­pany has also added Uni­nor for man­aged ser­vices and is look­ing af­ter 8 cir­cles. Al­ca­tel-Lu­cent is man­ag­ing Bharti air­tel’s en­ter­prise net­work based on fixed WiMax tech­nol­ogy. Re­cently, the com­pany has bagged IN (in­tel­li­gent net­work) deal for BSNL to be de­ployed in north­ern and east­ern re­gion. The com­pany has al­ready been man­ag­ing BSNL’s IN deal for the western re­gion.

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