BSNL, MTNL told to source part of equipment from ITI

Our Bureau New Delhi | Updated on January 15, 2014

Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd and Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd will have to buy part of their network equipment requirement from ITI Ltd for another year.

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs on Wednesday decided that 30 per cent of procurement orders placed by the two telecom operators will be reserved for ITI.

In addition, 20 per cent of the network roll out orders for their turn key projects (like GSM network roll-out) will also be given to the struggling equipment manufacturing company. CCEA said the policy measure shall remain in force for one year with effect from September 2013 and shall again be reviewed considering the financial health of ITl after the expiry of this period.

ITI has factories in different parts of the country, including one at Rae Bareli, the constituency of Sonia Gandhi.

The state-run company has been making losses and the CCEA decision is aimed at reviving the fortunes.

Published on January 15, 2014

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