The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has cancelled BSNL’s 4G upgradation tender and will soon issue fresh specifications for the upgradation process. This development has come in the backdrop of the recent controversy concerned with the inclusion of Chinese gear maker ZTE in the tender process and complaints by homegrown companies.
The fresh tender is expected to be issued by the DoT in the next two weeks after the six-member committee, that was setup by DoT to review the upgradation requirements, submits its report. As per industry sources, the fresh tender will most likely exclude Chinese companies.
This move by the DoT is part of its larger plan to reduce reliance of India’s telecom sector on foreign equipment and increase domestic manufacturing. At present, around 75 per cent of the telecom equipment is sourced from and provided by two China based major players, ZTE and Huawei.