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Wireless solutions provider Harris Stratex and Indian manufacturer ICOMM have jopined forces to supply mobile WiMAX technology to one of the India’s largest telecoms networks, BSNL. It will be one of the largest mobile WiMAX deployments in the world, and comes a year after BSNL were allocated the spectrum needed to provide the service, regarded as the country’s first 4G or 4th Generation network.

Leading wireless solutions provider Harris Stratex Networks has signed a contract with ICOMM, one of India’s leading suppliers of telecom and power transmission infrastructure, to supply a mobile WiMAX network for Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL), one of India’s largest telecommunications network operators.

Under the multi-year contract, Harris Stratex will supply its StarMAX WiMAX solution to extend BSNL’s public wireless access network to provide high-speed wireless mobility services to enterprise and retail customers in urban areas across the southern Indian state of Kerala.

The agreement is to install, commission and maintain the IEEE 802.16e mobile WiMAX network, along with solutions for access services network (ASN) gateway: home agent: authentication, authorisation and accounting: and network management system. Customer premises equipment and subscriber units will be supplied by ICOMM, along with deployment and project management services.

Formed in 2000, BSNL is the world’s seventh-largest telecommunications company and provides range of telecom services to 7 330 cities and towns, and 550 000 villages across India.

In 2008, the government of India awarded BSNL 20MHz of spectrum in the 2.5 GHz band, enabling the operator to introduce mobile WiMAX to expand the reach of its broadband network to deliver services to India’s un-served and under-served communities, including rural and urban areas.

The contract award to ICOMM and Harris Stratex will enable broadband services to be deployed throughout the state of Kerala, India’s fourth largest telecom market by revenue, with a population of more than 35 million people in an area of 38 000 square kilometers. This mobile WiMAX rollout by BSNL will represent one of the largest deployments of this technology in the world.

‚We are excited to work with Harris Stratex as a part of BSNL’s landmark WiMAX network deployment,‚ says C.S. Rao, chairman of ICOMM. ‚By combining ICOMM’s infrastructure build-out expertise with Harris Stratex’ sophisticated end-to-end 802.16e WiMAX solutions and top-tier customer focus, we will enable BSNL to provide its broadband users highly-reliable high-speed mobile broadband services.‚

‚We greatly appreciate BSNL’s strategic leadership in India and its efforts to help the government reach its target of 20 million broadband subscribers by 2010,‚ says Harald Braun, president and CEO of Harris Stratex. ‚We are thrilled to work with ICOMM to deploy one of the world’s largest, most sophisticated 4G WiMAX networks for BSNL.‚

The StarMAX platform is the result of the March 2, 2009 acquisition of Telsima Corporation by Harris Stratex Networks and includes an extensive portfolio of IEEE 802.16d-2004 and 16e-2005 compatible base stations, fixed and mobile subscriber devices, ASN gateway solutions, home agent and network management tools.

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