New Delhi: Toeing the strategy adopted by private operators, state-run BSNL is planning to bundle its CDMA-based mobile connections along with handsets.
The company wants to bundle CDMA-Handset/I Integrated Fixed Wireless Terminals of leading handset manufacturers with its CDMA mobile connections.
“We want to tie up with those handset manufacturers who are willing to bundle their CDMA-Handset/IFWT with BSNL’s CDMA mobile services on non-exclusive basis,” said a senior BSNL official.
The public sector unit plans to launch CDMA services by the mid-2008.
For its CDMA network, the operator plans to set up 10,000 wireless towers within a year. BSNL already provides fixed wireless and limited mobility service on CDMA platform under the name ‘Tarang´ in some of the existing circles.
After government allowed dual technology use by telecom companies, the two PSUs, BSNL and MTNL were among the existing GSM operators seeking to offer CDMA service in the country.
Official sources said BSNL had already invited expression of interest from the tower companies and other interested parties for infrastructure sharing.
BSNL, which enjoys advantage over other players across India, particularly in small towns and villages, when it comes to telecom infrastructure, wants to leverage it and earn more revenue.