Huawei will deploy 3G equipment in five of the nine circles for which Tata Tele has acquired spectrum. A deal for the remaining four circles has been awarded to NSN.
The contract follows a managed services model, and will involve the installation of equipment including Huawei's LTE-ready SingleRAN MSRs.
“We will ensure a rapid rollout of TTL's 3G network, enabling them to not only capitalize on the current broadband 3G demand but also future-proof their investments by making the rollout LTE ready,” Huawei India CEO Max Yang said in a statement.
The contract is a sign that Indian operators are starting to spend once more on network equipment after a freeze on buying foreign telecom gear since early this year.
Reliance has been cleared to order equipment from ZTE, but no deal has been announced.