Tech Mahindra to bid for BSNL 4G tender; plans to strengthen capabilities in telecom market

Tech Mahindra has decided to bid for the 4G tender by state-run Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL). Tech Mahindra and ITI want to tap into the global market with their upgraded 4G and 5G network equipment.

BSNL cancelled the tender to upgrade the existing 4G network across 47,000 sites and building new capability in Delhi and Mumbai for Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited (MTNL). The decision came after the government barred state-run telecoms from sourcing equipment from Chinese players. The government has asked to cancel the orders placed by Chinese equipment players, such as Huawei and ZTE.

Tech Mahindra CEO C P Gurnani said, “We’re ready to build the digital highway for 4G or 5G. I believe that the technology is mature and we can do the transition in the network and create enough bandwidth. India has its capabilities but we haven’t used it in a big format. I hope with this new focus, some of the Indian companies will get a chance to show their prowess.”

State-run ITI Ltd and Tech Mahindra have signed an agreement to jointly design and manufacture 4G equipment and work on building capacities for 5G equipment. India’s fifth-largest IT firm, Tech Mahindra relies on telecom revenues. Almost half of its $5.2 billion revenue comes from telecom companies such as AT&T and BT Plc.

The consortium of companies led by Tech Mahindra will offer a virtualised network, where the IT firm has expertise and partnerships in India. The company has strong partnerships in India. Tech Mahindra can virtualise both core and radio network.

The tech firm and ITI are also looking to tap into the global telecom market. The companies have upgraded their 4G and 5G capabilities. The future of this depends upon the success with the BSNL tender and implement the solution.