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IT minister asks BSNL to drop 3G plans for GSM tender

IT minister asks BSNL to drop 3G plans for GSM tender
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First Published: Mon, Jul 09 2007. 01 21 PM IST
Updated: Mon, Jul 09 2007. 01 21 PM IST
New Delhi: IT and Communications Minister A Raja today said he has advised state-run BSNL to drop the 3G component from its 45.5 million line GSM tender, citing the lack of a policy for implementing the third generation network.
If BSNL were to take the minister’s advice, the public sector company may have to reconsider disqualification of US equipment supplier Motorola and its Chinese partner ZTE from the tender — a quarter of which was for rolling out 3G lines.
“I have advised BSNL to drop 3G and go for 2G as there is no 3G policy in the country,” Raja told PTI.
He, however, said it was for BSNL’s board to decide whether or not to go with the suggestion.
BSNL had selected Sweden’s Ericsson and Finland’s Nokia for executing the contracts, while disqualifying Motorola on the ground that it did not have any expertise in 3G networks.
Motorola had taken BSNL to the Delhi High Court over the move, but it later dropped the case.
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First Published: Mon, Jul 09 2007. 01 21 PM IST
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