Government says telecoms equipment must be ‘Made in India’

7 Oct 2005

Telecommunications Minister Dayanidhi Maran has said that equipment manufacturers looking to participate in forthcoming infrastructure contracts from state-run carriers will have to manufacture locally if they want to take part. The announcement comes as state-controlled fixed line and mobile operator Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) prepares a USD3 billion-plus tender for 40 million GSM lines – India’s largest telecoms gear contract. With the world’s leading equipment vendors standing ready to fight for the contracts Mr Maran said that: ‘BSNL and Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd (MTNL) boards have decided to make it mandatory for telecom equipment suppliers bidding for BSNL/MTNL tenders to manufacture equipment directly or through contract manufacturers in India so as to ensure the quality, timeliness of delivery and after sales service.’