BSNL set to float USD9 billion tender

8 Sep 2008

State-owned operator Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) has announced that it will float a tender for 93 million GSM lines on 10 September, Indian news source The Economic Times is reporting. The value of the contract is estimated at USD9 billion, with Kuldeep Goyal, Chief Managing Director of BSNL also stating that, ‘Of the 93 million lines, 25% will be set aside for 3G telephony.’ The operator has also reiterated its intentions to roll out 3G services starting in December 2008, with the northern and eastern regions of the country expected to see commercial launches first. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms database, BSNL and fellow state-owned telco Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd (MTNL) had spectrum reserved for them as part of the recently announced 3G policy.