Nokia has sought Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi’s intervention to recover dues amounting to Rs 9.7 billion from Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL).
These dues were pending for more than 15 months, despite government providing a revival package to the state-run telco in October 2019.
In a letter to PM, Nokia India said that BSNL had given a new commitment in January 2020 to clear all the dues by September 2020 but the state-owned firm has been defaulting on making payments since April 2020.
Further, Nokia added that the company appreciates huge efforts extended by the government in the form of revival package for BSNL. However, on ground it is unable to see any significant improvement at BSNL for release of long pending payments even after 6-7 months of the package announcement. Unfortunately, even with all these efforts, there are no signs of respite either from Department of Telecommunications (DoT) or BSNL, this is resulting in significant financial losses that the company continues to suffer on account of prolonged delays.
Nokia has rolled out mobile broadband services for BSNL in South and West zones. For which the state-run firm has not yet disbursed payments to Nokia even after 15 months of the completion of deployment. Nokia said despite the non-payment of dues, the company has been supporting BSNL to offer seamless service.
According to Nokia, such delays slow down businesses and negatively affect global industry sentiment and inclination to invest further in India.