Bharat Broadband Network Limited (BBNL) has invited global tenders for the implementation of BharatNet project through the public private partnership (PPP) mode. The tenders, that have been invited on behalf of the Department of Telecommunications (DoT), include the creation, upgradation, operation and maintenance, and utilisation of BharatNet infrastructure.

Bids under the global tenders have been invited in nine separate packages across 16 states for a concession period of 30 years. According to the government, the project will be executed through a design, build, finance, operate, and transfer (DBFOT) concession under the PPP mode.

Bidders for undertaking the project will be selected after a two-part process i.e. a qualification bid and a financial bid in which each package will have to be bid for separately.

The move comes after the union cabinet recently approved Rs 190.41 billion in viability gap funding for BharatNet’s implementation through the PPP model.