In order to step forward towards becoming self-reliant, Indian government has decided that only Indian companies, registered and headquartered in the country, can provide core network of BSNL (Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited).
As per the company notice, the state-run telecom company will be checking the quality of local telecom equipment before letting outsider manufacturers bid for the 4G tender floated by BSNL.
It’s been over 6 months that BSNL floated a 4G tender worth Rs 9,300 crore to procure telecom equipment but it was cancelled after Indian companies alleged that the project is inclined towards foreign companies and not favoring the local businesses.
For upcoming 4G tender to install around 57,000 sites, BSNL has recently come up with an expression of interest (EoI). This decision is made in the favour of Indian companies and the government is of the view that the locally-designed and manufactured network for BSNL would be a great opportunity for India to become self-reliant in the telecom sector. It is expected that companies like Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), Tech Mahindra, etc., can play a major role in upcoming times.
Read More: MSME Exporters: Loan woes and solutions
“Telecom is a critical sector. BSNL 4G network procurement is a great opportunity to build Indian telecom stack. 5G networks will also initially ride on 4G core. It is time that Indian multi-national companies commence world class telecom manufacturing,” said telecom secretary Anshu Prakash.
The companies interested to bid are required to pay a registration fee of Rs 5.9 lakh for the EoI. The Indian companies which have their own intellectual property right of the core equipment and financial turnover of Rs 2,500 crore in the last three years are eligible to participate in the EoI.
As per the EoI conditions, it is mandatory for Indian companies or consortiums to have an experience of commissioning around 45,600 mobile sites for 4G service for single network or 28,500 sites for 4G in at least two different networks each or 22,800 sites for 4G in at least three different networks each.