New Delhi: The Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited’s (BSNL) 4G upgrade tender was cancelled by the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) after it issued fresh specifications for the process.
According to DoT, a fresh tender will be issued in next two weeks and is likely to exclude Chinese companies from providing equipment in the upgrade process.
The Centre had earlier instructed BSNL not to use Chinese equipment for 4G upgrade, just days after 20 Indian soldiers were martyred in a violent standoff with China at the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh.
This move by the Centre is an attempt to reduce dependency on Chinese companies for equipment and increase opportunities for domestic manufacturing of such hardware. Almost 75 per cent of telecom equipment in use is sourced from two Chinese companies — ZTE and Huawei.
Also, the DoT is now reportedly in talks with private telecom service providers in India to encourage them to use equipment manufactured in India.