BSNL's KLI project norms restrictive for participation of local players: TEPC

Domestic telecom gear makers have alleged that state-owned firm BSNL has included norms that restrict their participation in Rs 1,072 crore Kochi-Lakshadweep Islands submarine cable project. Telecom product and equipment promotion body TEPC and TEMA have written to telecom secretary Anshu Prakash with apprehensions that the norms in the tender floated by BSNL may attract only single bid from a foreign player. The local telecom gear makers have objected to the inclusion of repeater cables in the project. TEPC said that the technology is supported by only a few foreign companies and only one of them has submitted bids in the previous two tenders floated by BSNL.

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