BSNL tender: HFCL, ITI, TechM, L&T, TCS and Galore submit bid to trial 4G core, radio tech

4G Core Trial

NEW DELHI: Home-bred companies HFCL, ITI Limited, Tech Mahindra, L&T, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) and Galore Networks have submitted Express of Interest (EoI) for state-run BSNL‘s phase nine tender for 57,000 4G sites nationally.
HFCL and L&T have submitted their bid with US-based Mavenir for radio and with Mumbai based Pertsol for  4G Core. Tech Mahindra has submitted bid with Sterlite for radio and Pertsol for core technology.

ITI and TCS have submitted their bid with state-run C-DoT for core technology and Tejas Networks for radio. ITI and TCS have separately submitted a bid together, said people aware of the matter. India Mobile Conclave 2021

The submission by Bangalore-based Galore Networks came as a surprise to many. As per information available on its website, the company claims to offer end-to-end solutions are centred around 5G, IoT, Cloud Offering’s/NFv -SDN and legacy network products ranging from 2G-3G & 4G.

Galore, which was established in 2013, hasn’t partnered with any other company for core and radio technologies for the EoI, sources said.

All participating companies, also known as master system integrators, submitted their EoIs on Tuesday. BSNL will finalise and give a letter of intent to qualified bidders, who will be required to submit bank guarantees (BG) of Rs 5 crore to start proof of concept (PoC) to be completed within four months.

“Selected MSIs will have to do PoC. There are eight cities in total and every MSI will get one city, where they will have to deploy RAN and core under the PoC to test their technologies. Once successful, they will be allowed to participate in the tender,” a person working with a leading home-bred vendor told ET.

BSNL’s survival depends on the launch of 4G services, and it expects 4G rollout within 10 months of successful completion of trials by local companies, and if the Proof of Concept (PoC) gets completed within four months, the network could be rolled out after 14 months from the said date.

Otherwise, the telco believes the specified rollout timelines would also get extended.

PK Purwar-headed BSN’s 4G network launch has been dragged following a series of controversies involving homegrown companies and their multinational rivals. The fourth-largest telco had to scrap the notice inviting tender (NIT), released in March last year on the back of outcry from local telecom companies alleging restrictive conditions.

In January 2021, BSNL come out with a detailed notice inviting e-tender, for planning, testing, deployment and annual maintenance of its much-awaited 4G core network across four operational zones in addition to Delhi and Mumbai circles for 57,000 sites on a turnkey basis. However, the conditions required its partners like Nokia to deposit their source code for core and radio network in an escrow account.

However, the Empowered Technology Group (ETG), headed by Principal Scientific Advisor K. VijayRaghavan approved the plan in late March, which will allow multinational vendors like Nokia and Samsung to apply for the telco’s 4G tender. The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) had also given its nod to split the tender for the rollout of the 4G services into two parts as BSNL was facing delays owing to the slow pace of trials by the Indian companies.

BSNL will reportedly bring out a fresh tender for 50,000 4G sites wherein the state-run firm can buy equipment from global firms like Nokia, Ericsson and Samsung, which were previously.


ET Telecom: The curious case of indigenous 4G core network

PertSol’s Indigenous 4G core network solution attaining spotlight in the news for BSNL’s 4G network deployment EOI.

Pert Telecom Solutions (PertSol) is recently in news for in-house Indigenous ‘Make in India’ 4G core network offering for BSNL’s 4G network deployment project. With the growing anxiety around the EOI document for 4G RAN and packet core deployment by BSNL, PertSol is emerging out as an eminent home-bred telecom company with promising 4G core solution in India.

With HQ in Mumbai incorporated in 2014, PertSol is a prominent OEM with innovative future ready solutions for Telecom Operators, Regulatory Bodies, and Government & Law enforcement agencies. PertSol’s Indigenous 4G core solution ‘Intelligent Mobile Data Exchange Gateway’ (iMDEG) & ‘Home Subscriber Services’ (iHSS) are gaining huge limelight amongst prospect bidders for BSNL’s 4G project.

PertSol’s iMDEG is a mobile packet data gateway which provides various packet core functions in one solution for mobile data services (3G/4G/5G) and PertSol’s iHSS is a unified subscriber information management system which includes functions like HSS, HLR, AuC, and SLF for GSM, UMTS, LTE, IMS, Wi-fi, and IoT networks.

As the Central Government undertakes PM Modi’s ‘Make in India’ and ‘Aatma Nirbhar Bharat’ initiative thoughtfully, PertSol’s product line tends to dissolve the dependency on foreign companies who are chasing to hold their flags in the Indian Telecom Market.


Speaking to ET, Gurjot S Sandhu, Director & Chief Business Officer of Pert Telecom Solutions, confirmed their participation in BSNL’s 4G tender. “We are currently in talks with MSIs for the BSNL’s 4G tender.”

Sandhu said that, PertSol is the major third-party solution provider to BSNL under phase VIII.4. “Around 80-85% of the business came to us through Nokia and ZTE. We deployed our security, compliance, remote access, IP log and fraud management, and location-based services for BSNL’s PAN India network.”

Being a surging name in the Telecom industry, PertSol’s offerings are foreseen as India’s Nextgen telecom solutions. ‘Our efforts will continue to lead the Telecom Industry with the latest technologies and fulfill the dream of our Hon’ble Prime Minister of making India Aatma Nirbhar Bharat soon’, Mr. Gurjot Sandhu added.