MTNL, the India-based state-owned telecom services provider, and Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), a leading developer and innovator of advanced wireless technologies, products and services, have announced that they will work together on a technical audit of MTNL's 3G network aimed at enabling superior experience for MTNL's 3G services. MTNL will work with Qualcomm's Engineering Services Group (ESG), a part of Qualcomm Corporate Engineering Services, a global 3G network consulting service provider. MTNL is India's first 3G operator with commercial networks in Delhi and Mumbai. ESG, which provides engineering services expertise to 3G operators worldwide, will engage with MTNL to assess and recommend modifications in their UMTS network design and dimensioning pursuant to performance audit services. The aim is to enable MTNL to enhance overall network performance, increase network capacity and help deliver superior service quality to the end consumer.
“We were keen on partnering with a vendor-independent and trusted consultant to add value to our 3G network by carrying out a technical audit of the same,” said R. S. P Sinha, chairman and managing director of MTNL. “ESG, with their deep technical expertise and global 3G consulting experience, fit the bill perfectly and we are extremely pleased to have partnered with Qualcomm for this activity.”
“As enablers of 3G technology and solutions, we are proud to collaborate with MTNL for the auditing of their 3G networks,” said Kanwalinder Singh, senior vice president of Qualcomm and president, Qualcomm India and South Asia. “This cooperation will enable MTNL to deliver a superior user experience. This is the first 3G UMTS network audit services engagement in India for Qualcomm's ESG and we will leverage our scale, expertise and experience to provide consulting services to MTNL. We are committed to supporting all our operator partners on their technology roadmap evolution.”
MTNL was set up on 1st April, 1986 by the Government of India to upgrade the quality of telecom services, expand the telecom network, and introduce new services and to raise revenue for telecom development needs of India's key metros - Delhi, the political capital and Mumbai, the business capital of India. In the past 23 years, the company has taken rapid strides to emerge as India's leading and one of Asia's largest telecom operating companies. Besides having a strong financial base, MTNL has achieved a customer base of 8.0 million plus.
The company has also been in the forefront of technology induction by converting 100 percent of its telephone exchange network into the state-of-the-art digital mode. The Govt. of India currently holds 56.25 percent stake in the company. In the year 2008-09, the company is focusing on launch of 3G UMTS mobile services, widening the cellular and CDMA-based WLL customer base, expanding IPTV & VOIP services and achieving 1,000,000 broadband customers and further expanding of telecom services in Mauritius and Nepal through its J.V./subsidiary.
Qualcomm's Engineering Service Group's charter is to accelerate the global adoption and deployment of wireless technologies, products and services.
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