Alcatel and ITI launch GSM production facility in India

BANGALORE: Alcatel has announced the launch of the first production facility for their GSM radio technology in India. This production line is being implemented at the ITI factory in Mankapur with an initial capacity of 2,000 base stations, which is to be doubled shortly. The plan for this technology transfer also includes ITI's launch of several GSM factories in October.

ITI is a long time partner of Alcatel and with this transfer of technology will become, with Alcatel's strong support, one of the largest suppliers of GSM technology in India. ITI and Alcatel delivered their first million GSM lines in February 2005. The two companies are now working on the delivery of the next 3 million lines, mainly with the production capacity of the Mankapur factory. The initial million lines covered the expansion of BSNL's network in Western India including Gujarat, Maharashtra, MP and Chattisgarh, stated an official release.

The official release quotes Alcatel chairman and CEO Serge Tchuruk as saying, "We have had a long history with ITI and since the early 1980s, we have been instrumental in providing the first digital technology to ITI for creating a robust Indian Telecom infrastructure. I can say with pride that today over 50 percent of fixed line networks in India are powered by Alcatel solutions. This new GSM manufacturing facility will contribute greatly to the quality of service for GSM subscribers in India and add to overall improvement in the country's telecom infrastructure. This latest association is a new chapter in a long standing relationship between Alcatel and ITI."

ITI chairman and MD Y K Pandey stated, "Through our alliance with Alcatel over the past 20 years, ITI has been able to play a key role in building the telecom infrastructure in India". He added, "Now, with the introduction of Alcatel's industry-leading GSM technology, we are able to enter the mobile segment and provide a complete portfolio of mobile solutions to the public and private telecom operators.

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