Nokia Siemens to upgrade Idea Cellular’s network

June 18th, 2009 - 10:14 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, June 18 (IANS) Telecom equipment manufacturer Nokia Siemens Networks Thursday said it will upgrade Idea Cellular’s network in 22 service areas in India.
The company will use GPRS (general packet radio service) technology and its Unified Charging Solution to upgrade Idea’s existing network that will enable the telcom major provide innovative mobile services like multimedia messaging, email, web browsing and online music.

GPRS technology enables faster transfer of data and provides services like multimedia messages, push-to-talk facility and instant messaging.

In GPRS networks, an SMS transmission speed of 30 text messages per minute can be achieved. This is much faster comparing to the speed of six to 10 text messages per minute in ordinary GSM networks.

The services will be available to subscribers from March 2010, Idea said in a statement.

“The value-added service market in India holds tremendous potential. The greater opportunity lies in data services, and in expanding our capabilities and service portfolio in this area,” Anil Tandan, chief technology officer of Idea, said.

Nokia Siemens will add GPRS capability to 10 Idea telecom service areas, while the existing GPRS capability in 12 other areas will be expanded.

Nokia Siemens will also implement a charging solution that will enable Idea to use a single system across these locations for the new services for both pre-paid and post-paid subscribers.

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