Radwin needs to respond to TEMA urgently on ERNET case. TEMA represents both foreign and Indian telecom equipment vendors. Since Radwin is a globally respected telecom vendor, it is important to maintain transparency in its dealings.
Also, TEMA should have contacted Radwin to get its views on the procuring of Ethernet based Radios for Point to Point and Point to Multi-point communication network for 150 schools across the districts of Jaipur and Ajmer, Rajasthan.
Telecom Equipment Manufacturers’ Association (TEMA) recently objected to the award of tender to Radwin by Education and Research Network (ERNET) for buying Ethernet based Radios for Point to Point and Point to Multi-point communication network.
TEMA has pointed out the discrepancies in the tendering process for the project in question. From the beginning itself, ERNET executives’ exercised bias towards a particular company by tweaking the specifications in their favor and the domestic manufacturers were put at a disadvantage.
TelecomLead.com is not supporting Indian manufacturers. India follows the culture of a global economy and all equipment vendors — both Indian and global — should get equal opportunities to participate in India’s growth story. There should be no reservation to Indian companies.
TEMA says the evaluation process was not as stipulated in the tender document and was also not transparent.
According to ERNET Tender No. EI-D/Tech/51/11, all the quoted WiMax or Wireless based Ethernet radio equipment was to be FCC, ETA and WPC approved and the active network equipment was to be TEC approved at the time of bidding.
TEMA says RADWIN’s equipment was not TEC approved at the time of bidding. Also, the products were not field proven, as it was newly launched product by the Company at the time of tendering. This clearly indicates that the specifications of the Tender were tweaked so as to accommodate RADWIN in particular.