Indian state-run telecoms firm Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) has invited bids for a contract valued at over USD6.5 billion to supply it with 93 million GSM lines. The company’s director for finance SD Saxena said global equipment vendors such as Ericsson, Nokia Siemens Networks, Motorola, Nortel Networks, Alcatel-Lucent, Huawei and ZTE are expected to participate in the bidding process. Bids will be opened on 16 July. ‘It should take about six to eight months to award the tenders,’ Saxena said.
The Indian government has stipulated that only those companies with a turnover of USD2 billion or above for the last two years, and a successful track record of rolling out over 20 million GSM lines, will be permitted to tender bids. The maximum number of lines that a single company may be awarded has been set at 50 million.