Motorola still keen to participate in BSNL tender

Friday, 24 August 2007, 07:00 Hrs
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New Delhi: US-based telecom giant Motorola, which was earlier disqualified from state-run Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd's (BSNL) tender for 45.5 million GSM lines, is still keen to participate if fresh bids are invited.

"Yes, we would like to participate in the bid in case BSNL floats another tender," Malcolm Dawe, vice president & general manager, Motorola India Mobile Devices, said on the sidelines of the launch of Moto Razr 2 Thursday evening.

BSNL is expected to float a fresh tender of 40-50 million GSM lines within the next eight to nine months. The move is part of BSNL's plan to expand operations, which are largely centred in Delhi and Mumbai, to other cities and compete with private operators.

The first tender of 23 million GSM lines was cleared after being cut from its initial size of 45.5 million lines. Motorola was disqualified in the earlier tender along with its Chinese partner ZTE.

BSNL had placed the order for the first tender with Nokia Siemens and Ericsson.
Source: IANS
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