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Siemens to bid for BSNL's $5 bn tender

Siemens AG will bid for the BSNL GSM network tender run for both mobile equipment as well as Third Generation Mobile services.

india Updated: Apr 07, 2006 18:11 IST

European telecom equipment vendor Siemens AG will bid for the 45.5 million GSM network tender of Government-run BSNL for both mobile equipment as well as Third Generation Mobile services.

"We will bid for the tender for both GSM network as well as 3G services. We have a very good position in 3G worldwide on both technology and market terms. So we will definitely leverage our position as well in India," Siemens Public Communication Networks MD Micheal Kuehner said.

The German major said on Friday that it will ramp up its existing manufacturing unit in Kolkata to extend the line of production to mobile equipment if need arises. The eligibility condition of a bidder for BSNL tenders include local maufacturing. The estimated value of BSNL's tender is $4.5-5 billion.

"We have manufacturing facility in Kolkata for fixed line equipment like switches, transport and access products and have a R&D centre in Bangalore employing 800 engineers in software. We need to ramp up this facility for GSM equipment and we will do that," he said.

Kuehner is keen to improve Siemen's marketshare in India from the current 'single digit' to double digit.

"Our marketshare specially in mobile equipment is comparatively smaller in India than our worldwide marketshare. That means we have to catch up and we will. We will close the gap betwen local and global marketshare."

He, however, did not disclose Siemen's Indian marketshare figure but said it is in 'single-digit'.

All leading network vendors like Nokia, Ericsson, Motorola, Nortel, Huawei and ZTE are expected to participate in the BSNL's mega tender.

First Published: Apr 07, 2006 15:39 IST