In a transfer that has stirred debate, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Restricted (BSNL) has chosen Nokia (HE:) to provide and deploy Optical Transport Community (OTN) tools in a deal valued at ₹1,000 crore (INR100 crore = approx. USD12 million). The choice comes as a part of the corporate’s Section-4 mission, which requires a pan-India provide, set up, and commissioning of OTN tools. This contract additionally features a three-year operational interval adopted by an eight-year complete annual upkeep contract.
The selection of Nokia, nonetheless, has drawn criticism as a result of its obvious battle with BSNL’s Aatmanirbharta initiative—a push for self-reliance that includes growing indigenous 4G expertise in collaboration with Tata Consultancy Providers (NS:), Centre for Growth of Telematics (C-DoT), and Tejas Networks.
The bidding course of was known as into query by Rakesh Kumar Bhatnagar after the disqualification of UTL and Tejas Networks, two home companies. The phrases of the tender necessitated inclusion on the Nationwide Safety Council Secretariat’s (NSCS) Trusted Sources record. This requirement turned a pivotal issue when the order worth exceeded ₹200 crore, finally giving a bonus to Nokia.
This improvement aligns with New Delhi’s broader technique to strengthen ties with Washington, aiming to increase analysis and business alternatives for Indian firms. The awarding of the contract to Nokia is being managed by an area system integrator and was decided by an open monetary bid.
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