BSNL to Open WiMax Bids on Aug 25

by CXOtoday Staff    Aug 14, 2009

State-owned telecom provider Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) said it would open the bids for the roll-out of WiMax-enabled broadband services in the rural areas on August 25.

BSNL intends to buy 7,000 WiMax base stations to set up common service centres (CSC) across the country.

Global WiMax vendor majors including Huawei, Samsung, Alvarion and Harris Stratex, are in the race for the estimated Rs 1,500-crore project. Chinese vendor Huawei and local equipment maker Gemini had bagged the contract in the first round of this project for about 1,000 base stations.

Recently, Harris Stratex Networks of US had announced that it has won BSNL WiMax franchise deal, along with India’s ICOMM, to roll out wireless broadband services to enterprise and retail customers in urban areas across the state of Kerala. Under the tieup, Harris would supply its StarMAX Wi-Max solution.

BSNL was awarded 20MHz of spectrum in the 2.5 GHz band by the government in 2008.