The total expansion plan is for 63.5 million lines but 18 million has been reserved under the PSU quota for the state-owned ITI Ltd, chairman and managing director BSNL AK Sinha said while addressing a press conference.
The entire capacity is proposed to be a mix of 2G and 3G services and at the end of the project it is expected that at least 50% facilities would have 3G services, Mr Sinha said.
However, 3G service hinges upon the announcement of a spectrum policy by the government. Mr Sinha said he hopes that clarity on spectrum policy will be there by June this year.
According to director finance BSNL SD Saxena, for financing the tender, the company will go for a small amount borrowing of Rs 5,000 crore.
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BSNL has opted for two stage bidding system, which entails planning, engineering, supply, installation and commissioning of lines. Mr Sinha said that the 45.5 million new lines would be rolled out in three phases.
The vendor would also be required to set up software centres in India for providing support during the lifetime of the equipment.
Remote access from a facility outside India shall not be generally allowed.