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BSNL board to meet today to review GSM tender

BSNL board to meet today to review GSM tender
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First Published: Mon, Jul 16 2007. 12 23 AM IST
Updated: Mon, Jul 16 2007. 12 23 AM IST
New Delhi: State-run BSNL’s board will meet on Monday to review the 45.5 million GSM line tender which has come under question from telecom minister A Raja who has asked the PSU to renegotiate the price with the lowest bidder.
Sources said the board will take a decision on the three-member panel report on the review of the tender, keeping in mind the minister’s queries and suggestion to put 3G services out of the tender for the time being and focus on 2G or normal voice services.
The other option before the board is to look at reducing the 3G component of the tender, which is 25% at present. The board may also look at scrapping the 3G part completely.
One of the key query of the minister is relating to the earlier board decision of selecting Swedish vendor Ericsson at a higher price of $107 a line and not considering Motorola which has supplied 2G GSM lines at a price of $69.
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First Published: Mon, Jul 16 2007. 12 23 AM IST