Vendors opt out of BSNL bidding

Leading vendors have opted out of the bidding for BSNL's network expansion

Leading network infrastructure vendors have pulled out of negotiations with India’s state-owned telco BSNL, which is looking to expand its network. Huawei, Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson and Nokia Siemens Networks have pulled out of the tender, claiming that they cannot match the offer from Chinese vendor ZTE.

Indian state of Goa to get high-speed broadband soon

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Indian telco BSNL is preparing to launch IPTV and high-speed broadband services in the state of Goa, having already installed GPON equipment in 13 of its exchanges, with more on the way.

BSNL restores connectivity in Punjab

BSNL has now reconnected services in Punjab

Indian state-owned telco BSNL has restored its services in the Indian state of Punjab after nearly a month of disruption, according to local reports.

BSNL cuts off mobile access over debt dispute

BSNL is locked in disputes with operators and has refused to comply with telecoms authorities

Indian state-owned telco BSNL still has not restored all points of interconnections, despite a clear direction from the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), according to reports in the country. Earlier this month, BSNL cut off connectivity to Airtel, Vodafone and Idea Cellular numbers in several states, over a dispute regarding non-payment of fees for providing interconnection between fixed lines and mobiles. BSNL is claiming that it is owed $550,000 by the three operators.

India’s BSNL cuts off operators following dispute

India's state-owned BSNL has cut off three operators over unpaid fees

The stand-off between India’s state-owned telco BSNL and several private operators shows no signs of abating, with even emergency services remaining unavailable to non-BSNL users in parts of the country.

ZTE selected for Indian broadband project

Indian foreign ownership rules limit direct investment at 74 per cent

Indian telco BSNL has selected Chinese vendor ZTE to deploy ultra high-speed ADSL2+ and next-generation VDSL2+ broadband devices across the operator’s network.

MTNL and BSNL losing out to MNP

India’s MTNL and BSNL lose customers post MNP

India’s state-run telecom company, Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd. (MTNL) is having something of a swings and roundabouts experience following the introduction of mobile number portability (MNP) on a countrywide basis in January 2011. According to junior Telecoms Minister Sachin Pilot, 10,355 users have jumped ship to other providers, while 4,486 new subscribers have joined.

Land of challenges and opportunities

Land of challenges and opportunities

The prospect of consolidation among African and Middle Eastern operators has provided much fuel for the industry rumour mill in 2009, but the apparent collapse of talks involving the disposal of Zain Africa as well as those between Bharti and MTN has not diminished the appetite for expansion.

BSNL releases EOI invitation for new WiMAX tender

BSNL releases EOI invitation for new WiMAX tender

BSNL, a state-owned fixed and mobile operator in India, has released a much tougher set of financial conditions for its new WiMAX tender.

BSNL scraps WiMAX tender

BSNL scraps WiMAX tender

The BSNL WiMAX tender has been cancelled. According to sources, India’s state-owned fixed and mobile operator is now looking at putting in place new terms and conditions for another tender.

BSNL stalls on naming WiMAX franchisee

BSNL stalls on naming WiMAX franchisee

Despite announcing more than three months ago it was on the verge of naming another WiMAX rollout partner, BSNL, a state-owned fixed and mobile operator in India, appears to be no nearer to making a decision.

BSNL draws up WiMAX supplier shortlist

BSNL, a state-owned fixed and mobile operator in India, has reportedly drawn up a short list of three suppliers for mobile WiMAX rollout: Huawei, Telsima and Alvarion. According to the India’s Business Standard, BSNL will announce its winner, or winners, next week.

India’s state-owned players kick-start 3G

India kicks starts 3G

MTNL, meanwhile, has begun 3G in central New Delhi with the stated aim of attracting 200,000 to the service within two years. State-owned BSNL and MTNL have each announced 3G service launches this week. BTNL has rolled out 3G services in an additional 11 cities following on from the launch of its first 3G service [...]

WiMAX benefits from Indian summer

Indian summer

After a summer of regulatory wrangling, WiMAX supporters can claim significant progress in India. Some obstacles, however, still remain. When India’s Department of Telecommunications (DoT) finally announced on 1st August 2008 its guidelines for the country’s upcoming BWA (broadband wireless access) and 3G spectrum auctions, there was much for WiMAX supporters to cheer about. For [...]

Cable & Wireless taps Indian partner in BSNL

UK-based carrier Cable & Wireless said Monday that its Indian operation has signed an asset sharing agreement with Indian operator Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL). Under the memorandum of understanding, both companies will share their networks and other telecom infrastructure, allowing BSNL to expand its global network and giving C&W a better foothold in India. [...]



The project bringing WiMAX services to the nation

Issue 02 February 2008


Interview: BSNL, India’s largest telecoms operator

Case Study: Multinational WiMAX in Europe

Feature: WiMAX’s future royalty regime

India takes Soma to realise WiMAX dream

State-owned Indian operator Bharat Sanchar Nigam, Ltd (BSNL) said Friday it has tapped US WiMAX kit vendor Soma Networks to deploy what it claims is the largest WiMAX network in India. The 802.16e-2005 mobile WiMAX network will be rolled out across three circles, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Goa, and Andhra Pradesh and will provide broadband data [...]

Nokia Siemens may be cut out of monster Indian deal

Nokia Siemens Networks’ share of one of the world’s biggest GSM contracts is in danger after the Finnish-German venture reportedly refused to budge on price. Reports coming out of India today, indicate that Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL), which is in the process of awarding a $2bn plus tender for around 22 million GSM lines, [...]

LBS finds Indian taker

India’s state-owned telecom giant, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) has a launched location-based service (LBS). The national carrier has soft-launched four separate services based on A-GPS technology supplied by Telenity. The services include the usual LBS suspects; fleet management, friend finder, advertising and chat services. “Proper marketing is required to attract the appropriate segment of [...]

Indian op deploys WiMAX

Indian operator BSNL said Friday it has tapped Aperto Networks to deliver WiMAX base stations and subscriber units for the deployment of a wireless broadband network across six cities and four rural areas in India. The six initial cities getting the WiMAX equipment are Kolkata in West Bengal, Bangalore in Karnataka, Chennai in Tamil Nadu, [...]