BSNL hands 30% of GSM lines to ITI without tender

24 Jan 2006

State-owned Indian cellco BSNL says that the number of lines to be offered in the long awaited tender for its major GSM expansion has been reduced from 60 million to 42 million, because the contract to build out 30% of the lines has already been handed to Indian Telephone Industries (ITI), the local partner of French vendor Alcatel. ITI has been awarded the contract for the expansion work in western India, with the remaining 42 million lines to be installed in the rest of the country. BSNL says the details of the tender are currently being finalised.