Asia Bizz: Indian telecom company Bharti Airtel has extended its agreement with the Swedish company Ericsson Telecom for its Indian operations on November 28, 2011. Ericsson, in a statement, said that Bharti Airtel – which is a leading global telecommunications company with its operations in 19 countries in Asia and Africa – has now expanded its managed services agreement with Ericsson for its Indian operations.

The statement further added that the Swedish company would operate, maintain and provide access across its 70 percent of Bharti Airtel’s network in India. This is a five year multi vendor and multi technology managed services agreement.

The company in the statement did not mention the financial transactions involved in the deal. According to the agreement, Ericsson would also take the responsibility for the intelligent network which manages the Bharti Airtel Prepaid customer base.

Sanjay Kapoor, the chief executive officer of Bharti Airtel, said that as India is now slowly emerging as the largest internet market and a multi-fold growth in the data traffic due to the increasing smartphones, the wireless networks need to be ready for the data revolution. The telecom circles that are under the scope of partnership include Jammu and Kashmir, Delhi, Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, Assam, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and Chennai.