Raja links 3G spectrum policy to BSNL tender
Shalini Singh | TNN
New Delhi: All eyes will now be on BSNL’s controversial tender for additional GSM lines,
with telecom minister A Raja learnt to have assured BSNL that 3G spectrum policy will not
be announced till tender is finalised.
According to G L Jogi, general secretary, Sanchar Nigam Executives Association, the
minister, in a meeting on July 10, promised to put the 3G policy on hold till BSNL’s GSM
tender for procurement of 45.5 million 2G and 3G lines is finalised.
A letter with ToI written by DoT secretary D S Mathur to A N Namboodiri, convenor of
joint forum of BSNL Unions & Associations, on the same day, refers to Raja’s decision to
ensure that serious efforts are made ‘so that BSNL remains in full readiness to utilise the
benefits of technological evolution in 2G/3G/Wimax’ and other third generation
The letter is consistent with explicit verbal assurance given by Raja, says Jogi.
The development is likely to prove a setback for the telecom industry as BSNL’s tender
process for procurement of additional GSM lines started 28 months ago in March 2005 with
no closure in sight. BSNL unions and associations have been agitating and striking against
the delay in award of the contract to Ericsson and Nokia, who emerged the lowest bidders
in the process.