BSNL mega tender facing more delays?

23 Feb 2006

The so-called ‘mega tender’ for 60 million new mobile lines by state-owned Indian cellco BSNL is facing yet more setbacks, this time because of the country’s delay in publishing its 3G licensing proposals, according to the Financial Express. Around 15 million of the total lines being tendered will be for 3G services, with the remainder utilising GSM, and BSNL has now said it is reluctant to invite bids for the deployment of the 3G network until regulations governing the technology are in place. The tender details were originally due to be published in January, before being put back to the end of February, but the paper claims this deadline will also be missed. A contract to build out 30% of the lines in western India has already been handed to Indian Telephone Industries (ITI), the local partner of French vendor Alcatel.