Sunday, October 23, 2005

Maran wants telecom suppliers to BSNL and MTNL to manufacture in India

India's two large telecommunications services companies, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd. (BSNL) and Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd. (MTNL), have decided to require their suppliers to manufacture equipment directly in India or through contract manufacturers in the country, according to the country's minister for information technology and communications, Dayanidhi Maran.

The two companies made the decision to ensure quality, timely delivery, and good after-sales service, Maran said at the annual conference of the Telecom Equipment Manufacturers Association of India. The government also plans to request that private sector operators in the country adopt a similar purchase policy, Maran said. The full story is here.

According to a story in Lightreading,
the issue of foreign vendors supplying the Indian market has come to the fore with various reports that the government there is uneasy about Chinese vendor Huawei's expansion plans in the country. Looks like Desh Deshpande is having his way with Maran that benefits his company,Tejas Networks.


At 6:24 PM, Blogger Shiv Prasad said...

I think this is more like Maran bending to the demands of US and European equipment manufacturers to keep Huawei and ZTE out


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