BSNL gets five bids for GSM contract
Five telecom vendors -- Nokia, Ericsson, Motorola, Siemens and ZTE, have submitted bids for BSNL's 45.5 mn GSM lines tender.india Updated: Jun 13, 2006 10:49 IST
Five telecom vendors -- Nokia, Ericsson, Motorola, Siemens and ZTE, on Monday submitted technical and financial bids for state owned BSNL's mega 45.5 million GSM lines expansion programme.
When contacted SD Saxena, BSNL's Director (Finance), confirmed the move and said their technical bids would be opened today and after their evaluation, which may take about three weeks time, the financial bids would be opened.
Financial bids of only those vendors, who qualify in their technical bids, would be opened, he said.
BSNL had invited bids for which 18 participants had evinced interest but finally only the above mentioned five vendors submitted bids.
The total investment involved in the project is about Rs 21,000 crore and according to tender details 60 per cent of the order would go to lowest bidder and 40 per cent of the contract would be given to the second lowest.
BSNL is planning to add over 60 million GSM lines of which nearly 15 million lines contract has gone to ITI who has a technical tie-up with French equipment supplier Alcatel.
The contract has to be fulfilled over a period of time and it is a mix of both 2G and 3G technologies.