ZTE Corporation, the fastest growing global provider of telecommunications equipment and network solutions, has been selected by Tata Teleservices (TTL), a leading CDMA telecommunication service provider in India, to deploy All-IP CDMA2000 solutions for rural telecom networks throughout India in the coming three years.
The Indian telecoms market has experienced phenomenal growth in recent years. The mobile subscriber base is now over 100 million and tele-density in major metros is more than 40%. Rural telecoms coverage is a critical focus for the Department of Telecommunications, India, because it will benefit rural consumers, who make up over 72% of the country´s population.
ZTE won the contract worth tens of millions of US dollars with its All-IP solution after a series of stringent interoperability tests carried out by TTL. ZTE will be responsible for the construction of the network covering many of India´s rural regions. The contract was won in competition with other major telecoms equipment vendors.
Mr. Greg Young, Chief Officer – Network and VAS, Tata Teleservices Limited said: "TTL was looking for a cost-effective rural solution to lower capital and operational costs. ZTE was chosen as a vendor for our Rural Solution after stringent technical evaluation, lab tests and field trials. This contract will enable TTL to reach rural parts of India with world class technology in the most cost effective manner."
TTL, India´s second largest CDMA telecoms operator, is a part of the Tata Group, one of the largest business conglomerates in India. TTL has grown quickly out of a competition-intensive market by virtue of technology, quality, customer care and reputation
ZTE´s All-IP CDMA2000 1X solution is a carrier-class hardware platform providing open Interfaces and good compatibility, flexible network technology, powerful service functions and big cost savings for carriers. It is especially suitable for implementation in rural regions. ZTE recently installed the world´s biggest CDMA network for the China Unicom, confirming ZTE as a major global vendor of CDMA equipment.
Tata Teleservices (TTL) spearheads the Tata Group´s presence in the Indian telecom sector. Incorporated in 1996, the company was the first to launch CDMA mobile services in India (in the Andhra Pradesh circle).
With the acquisition of Hughes Tele.com (India), now Tata Teleservices (Maharashtra)(TTML), in December 2002, the company swung into expansion mode. TTL and TTML currently offer services under the brand name ´Tata Indicom´ in 20 main circles in India.
TTL, which heralded convergence technologies in the Indian telecom sector, is, along with TTML, today the market leader in the wireless home Phone market.
Between TTL and TTML they haven a total customer base of over 10 million.