BSNL to buy telecom equipment from Huawei to upgrade wireline
By insightVAS - Tue Jan 08, 12:23 pm
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BSNL will buy equipment worth Rs. 4 billion
To enhance the existing wireline network to next-generation network (NGN), BSNL floated a tender last year for procuring core and access equipment. Huawei has emerged as the lowest bidder for the project. Nearly 60 percent of the BSNL’s equipment need to expand its four million fixed lines will be fulfilled by the company. The rest of the equipment demand would be fulfilled by both ZTE and Prithvi Information Solutions Limited (PISL), based in Hydrabad. Both companies are the lowest bidders for core and access packages of the NGN network tender respectively. Moreover, as per the terms and conditions of the tender, to win the remaining part of the contract both ZTE and PISL need to match the bid price of Huawei.
As a part of the new network project the operator is aiming to provide value added services like video calling facility to its landline users. The operator company will replace around 40,000 fixed-line exchanges to offer voice, data and video signals to consumers. All these are a part of the upgraded network project. The telecom giant is planning to upgrade the network in two phases, starting from 2013-14. 500 cities will be covered in the first phase to upgrade the wireline network and the rest to be covered in the second.
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