The Department of Telecommunications (DoT)-led panel has finally submitted its findings on the terms and conditions for the procurement of 4G equipment by Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL). Earlier, the panel had suggested a system integrator-led network deployment model.
As per industry sources, the DoT committee has finalised its report, which after due approvals, will be sent to the state-run telco in the coming days.
Earlier, in July 2020, BSNL had scrapped the Rs 80 billion tender for planning, engineering, supply, installation, testing, commissioning, and annual maintenance of 4G mobile network that it had floated in March 2020.
As a part of phase – IX network expansion, BSNL wanted to upgrade around 49,300 sites to 4G and add 7,000 new sites in two metropolitan areas – Delhi and Mumbai for Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited (MTNL).