ITI Limited has bagged an advance purchase order (APO) from Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) worth Rs. 38.89 billion for its 4G rollout. BSNL has issued an APO for reservation quota (RQ) order in the West Zone. 

The scope of work includes planning, engineering, supply, installation and commissioning, and annual maintenance contract (AMC) of 4G mobile network for 23,633 sites in the west zone of BSNL network, and the total value of the contract is Rs. 38.89 billion including AMC for nine years. The supply period is 18-24 Months and warranty is 12 months with consortium partner being TCS. This is an APO for the entire scope of work and the purchase order will be issued by BSNL circles in the west zone. As part of the contract, ITI Limited will manufacture the radio access network (RAN).

Commenting on the development, Rajesh Rai, chairman and managing director, ITI Limited said, “We are delighted to receive this order from BSNL and we are thankful to the Ministry of Communication and BSNL for reposing great trust and faith in ITI’s execution capability. This is a significant milestone for ITI as we are partnering with BSNL for connecting remote parts of our nation. In the past, ITI Limited has successfully deployed 2G and 3G GSM networks (nodes and RAN) for BSNL in west zone as well as in south zone. With great pride I say that ITI has supplied optical broadband connectivity equipment for BharatNet Phase I and II projects for BSNL, and equipment for more than 25 per cent of BharatNet network has been supplied by ITI Limited. I am confident that ITI will again successfully execute the project to the utmost satisfaction of BSNL”.