NEW DELHI - Ericsson has been awarded a contract by Bharti Enterprises to supply an "intelligent network" service and prepaid system, the company said. The agreement covers all of Bharti's existing and soon to be launched mobile systems in India.
"Following the recent managed services contract with Ericsson, the deal reinforces the long-term partnership between the companies covering infrastructure as well as telecom services," the company said in a statement.
"Bharti and Ericsson are today taking another step in strengthening the partnership between our two companies, enabling a faster and seamless roll-out of market leading voice and data services," said Jan Campbell, head of Ericsson Market Unit India. "Ericsson's Intelligent Network based charging solution will enable Bharti to offer converged services to its post and prepaid subscribers in the near future."
"With this agreement Bharti will benefit from a single vendor 'all India' prepaid service with a consistent feature set and timely implementation of products and features across India," said Manoj Kohli, president-mobility, Bharti Tele-Ventures Ltd. "The cooperation with Ericsson providing unique bonus and promotion features, comprehensive data charging components and ease of integration will ensure that we maintain and increase our leadership in the Indian prepaid market."
Ericsson has more than 130 million subscribers who are connected to its Ericsson Charging Systems.
Bharti Tele-Ventures is one of India's largest private telecommunications services company with an aggregate of 7.7 million customers.
The company offers mobile and fixed-line services with national and international long distance calling.