India's BSNL to Award Network Upgrade Contracts to ZTE, Huawei and Alcatel Lucent
India's state-owned telco, BSNL says that it has confirmed the short list for a series of network expansion contracts, after several years of aborted attempts to do so.
The short listed companies are ZTE, Huawei and Alcatel Lucent for contracts totally 14.37 million lines.
"We have finalised (these) vendors and even given them advance purchase order for the equipments in North, South and East zone. By month end, all circle heads will submit requirement of their divisions. After this, we will place final orders," BSNL Chairman and Managing Director R K Upadhyay told reporters.
He added the order is sufficient to significantly enhance quality of service offered by the company.
BSNL has seen its market share slump after the industry was opened to private companies and its own network struggled to cope with rising demand, which drove customers away.
Attempts to issue huge contracts in the past to upgrade the network ran into a mixture of legal and political problems and several tenders were issued only to be later cancelled.
The contract being offered this time is still considerably smaller than the 93 million lines that had been tendered all the way back in 2008.
With this contract -- if eventually signed -- BSNL may be in a position to pick up customers who could be left without a service following the shut-down of several of the 2008 entrants who had their licenses revoked earlier this year.
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