The bid assessment for BSNL 4G has been completed and is now awaiting approval from the Group of Ministers (GoM). Once the purchase order has been placed, 4G services will be launched across India, including Maharashtra and Andaman and Nicobar Islands, within a timeframe of 18-24 months.
State-run telecommunications company Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has reached the final stage of BSNL 4G tender for one lakh sites, marking a significant milestone in its efforts to expand its network capabilities.
According to sources close to the development, the tender process is expected to be completed by the end of this month, with the selected vendor being tasked with providing equipment and services for the rollout of 4G services across 1 lakh sites in the country.
The move is a major step forward for BSNL 4G, which has been grappling with falling market share and mounting debt in recent years. The rollout of 4G services is seen as a key driver of growth for the company, as it seeks to compete with private sector players in the highly competitive Indian telecom market.
BSNL has been working to secure funding for the 4G tender for some time, with the company reportedly seeking a loan of around Rs 8,500 crore from a consortium of banks. The funds will be used to finance the equipment and services required for the rollout of 4G services.
The tender process has been closely watched by industry experts, who have noted that BSNL’s success in rolling out 4G services will depend on its ability to secure funding and attract a strong vendor. The company has faced stiff competition from private sector players, who have been aggressively expanding their networks and services in recent years.
Despite the challenges, BSNL remains optimistic about its prospects for growth and has outlined ambitious plans to expand its network capabilities in the coming years. The company has identified BSNL 4G services as a key area of focus and has been working to secure funding and partnerships to support its efforts.
As the BSNL 4G tender process enters its final stages, 4G is likely to be closely watched by industry analysts and investors alike. The company’s ability to successfully roll out 4G services will be a critical factor in its efforts to compete in the fast-evolving Indian telecom market and could have a significant impact on its future prospects for growth and profitability.