Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) recently announced Teracom, Take Solutions, Adishwar and Ampules as their final partners in rolling out WiMax service on a franchisee model. Under this model, selected companies will have to fund and create the complete infrastructure for WiMax services, with BSNL providing the required spectrum. Though BSNL had WiMax spectrum well before any private opertator, they have yet to truly take advantage of that.
Teracom has been selected in eight circles including Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Bihar, UP (East), Assam, Jammu & Kashmir and the North East. It appears that Cisco will be Teracom’s main technology partner.
Adishwar has been selected in Kolkata, Ampules in Chennai, Haryana, West Bengal, and Himachel Pradesh while Take Solutions has been selected in Orissa, UP (West) and Tamil Nadu.
BSNL originally ran into trouble with this franchisee project after it was discovered that some of the bidders existed only on paper and the tender had to be cancelled twice.
Since last month, BSNL offers WiMax services in rural areas. Gemini Communications, ZTE, US-based Harris Stratex, and Alvarion emerged as the four lowest bidders for the supply of 7,000 WiMax based stations to BSNL in rural areas.
This current project plans to cover 250,00 blocks across the country, within which BSNL will set up Common Service Centers.
Photo courtesy of lakshmi.prabhala via Flickr… Read the rest