BSNL can still implement 4G despite tender being called off
Thrissur: BSNL is losing the opportunity to implement 4G utilising the conditions incorporated in the earlier tender.
The company can utilize the clause that was mentioned in the contract of 2018, replacing 3G with 4G.
The tender was given to ZTE and Nokia companies. They were given the equipment necessary to shift from 3G service to 4G service. In accordance to this, 8764 towers were selected in the country to be equipped with 4G services and it was implemented in all these towers as well.
However, there is a clause in the contract which states that the companies would further equip 50 percent of the original number of towers with the technology if BSNL wanted it. It is this clause that BSNL can utilize.
The contract was signed after dividing the country into 2 zones. The contract for the northern and eastern parts of the country was given to the Chinese company called ZTE and the southern and eastern parts to Nokia.
Even if ZTE is taken off from the contract considering the anti-China sentiments in the country, BSNL can still ask Nokia to set up 4G technology in more towers based on the earlier clause.
Nokia had installed 4G equipment in 5609 towers. Based on the earlier clause, 2804 towers can be equipped with 4G technology. This number can even be increased after discussions.
The tender to install 4G service in 50,000 towers in the country was called for on March 23.
However, problems started arising when a suggestion was made that 20 percent of the equipment used in the project should be made in India. So the tender worth Rs 9300 crores was called off on July 1. Future course of action regarding this project is yet to be decided.