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May 18, 2009

Nokia Siemens hopes to bag BSNL contract

BSNL received bids from six companies for the equipment contract

By CBR Staff Writer

Nokia Siemens is still hoping to win an equipment contract valued at up to $6 billion from BSNL, opposing media reports that its bid was dropped on technical grounds.

The company is waiting for a reply from BSNL in response to its offer.

A senior BSNL executive informed Dow Jones Newswires that they are waiting for the decision of India’s federal security agencies regarding the winners of the bid to expand their wireless coverage by almost 93m lines.

BSNL has categorised its expansion into four zones of which Nokia submitted offer to be qualified for second-generation (2G) and third-generation (3G) equipment in the North zone, and 3G equipment in the South and West zones.

Ben Roome, the head of media relations of NSN said: We’re pretty confident that we submitted a bid that fulfilled the technical criteria.

However, Mr. Roome didn’t specify what each segment was worth as reported by Wall Street Journal.

BSNL said it received bids from six companies; Ericsson, Huawei, NSN, Alcatel-Lucent, ZTE and Nortel Networks in September 2008.

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