Bharti Airtel, India’s leading telecom service provider, and Alcatel-Lucent have formed a joint venture (JV) to manage Bharti Airtel’s pan-India broadband and telephone services and help its transition to next generation networks.

Under the joint venture, Alcatel-Lucent will design, plan, deploy, optimize and manage Bharti Airtel’s broadband and telephone network across India. A new legal entity is being formed which will be operated by Alcatel-Lucent.

“We will leverage Alcatel-Lucent’s global expertise in IP transformation and network management while allowing us to focus on customer delivery and market growth,” says Manoj Kohli, CEO, Bharti Airtel.

“We appreciate the opportunity that Bharti Airtel has given us to demonstrate our worldwide expertise in network transformation, managed network services, and IP transformation,” said Ben Verwaayen, CEO of Alcatel-Lucent.

This managed services partnership will include all end-to-end activities – service rollout, installation, and fault repair, service continuity and transformation. It will support Bharti Airtel to offer services like high-speed internet, triple play, media-rich VAS, MPLS, VPN for both retail and business customers.

The partnership, says Alcatel-Lucent, will also drive optimal capital investment and increase operational efficiency by moving voice and data traffic onto a single, ‘packetized’ infrastructure.

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About Rakesh Raman

Have extensive editorial, content management, and integrated communications experience and have worked as a senior tech journalist, analyst, and columnist with different newspapers, magazines, and Web/online properties in India.

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