Concerned over the delay in creating alternate network for the armed forces, which would be crucial to get the spectrum vacated, DoT has asked BSNL to expedite the work and set up monitoring mechanism immediately.
A big controversy on procurement of Rs 35,000 crore worth equipment by telecom behemoth BSNL is brewing with position taken by the two government nominees on the Board, threatening mega expansion programme of the PSU.
BSNL has cancelled the equipment purchase order given to Chinese company Huawei saying the conditions imposed by the vendor are not acceptable, leaving the fate of Rs 32,000-crore capacity addition programme in limbo.
The state-run telecom companies--BSNL and MTNL-- have not formed any consortium so far with any other company to bid for Kuwaiti telecom major Zain Telecom, Minister of State for IT and telecom Gurudas Kamat said.
BSNL has favoured a no-cap policy on the number of players in a service area but said if spectrum and licences are bundled together, as is the current practice, then there should be minimum 5 players to ensure fair competition.
Concerned over BSNL`s falling revenues, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is likely to meet the top brass of the telecom PSU and Communication and IT Minister
A Raja to look into causes and find ways to improve performance.