BSNL to favor domestic telecom gear makers for 4G tender in India

bsnl to favor domestic telecom gear for 4g tender

The State-run Telco Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) may give domestic telecom gear makers an edge over global players like Nokia and Ericsson. It has made it clear that the bidders should be registered in India to participate in the tender.The bidders are also required to have posted a minimum average annual turnover of Rs 2,300 crore in the last three financial years (FY18-FY20) or calendar years (2017-219).

BSNL is still finalizing the draft for the tender. As per the draft, it is necessary to show the ownership of intellectual property rights (IPR) or the source code's license by an Indian company. It should also come under the jurisdiction of a court of law in India.This move will further delay the launch of BSNL's 4G services pan India, which is already struggling in revenue and has shown shutdown signs in recent years. While some operators like Jio in India are readying their 5G networks, BSNL is still stuck on 4G.

However, on the contrary, this move can also benefit Indian companies like Tech Mahindra and TCS, which are looking for opportunities to expand their portfolio. They can collaborate with other big telecom companies as system integrators. This move could also be discouraging for BSNL's existing long-term partners like Nokia and ZTE, who had bid for converting its 49,300 existing 2G and 3G sites to 4G. It will be interesting to see when BSNL launches 4G and also take design on future 5G deployment.