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UTL offers lowest bid for BBNL fibre network

Thursday 20 February 2014 | 02:24 CET | News
Indian network equipment maker United Telecom (UTL) emerged as the lowest bidder for a tender issued by Bharat Broadband Network (BBNL). UTL put in a INR 9.98 billion bid, about 9 percent below the estimated procurement cost, the Economic Times writes citing a BBNL source. Meanwhile, ITI put in a bid for INR 18.77 billion, Tejas Networks submitted a INR 18.86 billion bid, and Sterlite offered a INR 22.48 billion bid. BBNL is rolling out a national GPON network and plans to place initial purchase orders after a final discussion of the tenders at its next board meeting scheduled for 27 February. L&T, ZTE India, and Bharat Electronics also bid for the tender.

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Companies: Tejas Networks / United Telecom / UTL / ZTE
Countries: India
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What about Alphion - they were not mentioned here?
Paul Dimonico @ 7/3/2014 - 20:04

It is definitely a big news. However, the article missed a crucial element. L1 bidder i.e. UTL pitched indigenously developed GPON products. UTL is a licensed manufacturer of GPON products, designed and developed by Centre for Development Of Telematics (C-DOT). C-DOT is the telecom technology development centre for Government Of India and is credited with bringing about first telecom revolution in the country when the switches designed by C-DOT were deployed across the country. Those were the days when telephones used to be a luxury and when C-DOT designed products were offered at half of the prevailing price in the market, one could see a C-DOT exchange everywhere in the country. Even today ,after 25 years of first exchange deployment, 25 million telephone lines in India currently run on the exchanges designed by C-DOT. Now, with the tremendous cost advantages of C-DOT's GPON ,as evident with the quote difference between UTL's and next bidder, the second telecom revolution has begun in the country which would take broadband to every nook and corner of the country. Interestingly, Chinese technology, known for its agressive bidding are 2.5 times more costly than C-DOT's technology. Its a win of superior indigenous R&D over other global competitors and definitely a matter of pride for a billion plus Indians.
AMIT KANSAL @ 21/2/2014 - 05:21


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