ITI has won a Rs 6,633.56 crore deal from BSNL for the operation and maintenance and sales & marketing of the passive infrastructure of 6,945 BTS sites of its GSM network in UP East, UP West, Uttarkhand and Tamil Nadu circles.
BSNL has a GSM network of approximately 61,000 BTS sites across the country. BSNL is in the process of expanding its capacity to meet demand from voice and data customers across the country.
BSNL has 11.887 million wireline customers including 9.15 million wired broadband customers and 113.115 million wireless customers including 11.19 million wireless broadband as on 30 June.
ITI will be responsible for operation and maintenance of passive infrastructure of BTS sites covering taking care of the sites, diesel filling, payment of electricity bill, preventive / shutdown maintenance, annual maintenance, overhaul, and spares energy management, maintenance of site status alarms, set-up of web-enabled remote monitoring system (WRMS), coordination and housekeeping for all sites.
ITI will also assist BSNL in the marketing of BTS infrastructure to other GSM players for earning additional revenue. Other telecom operators in India include Bharti Airtel, Vodafone Idea and Reliance Jio.
Earlier, ITI supplied nearly 25-million-line capacity equipment to BSNL and MTNL, two government owned telecom operators. ITI has also taken up the maintenance of the network supplied by ITI to BSNL.
“We are targeting for an order book of Rs 20,000 crore,” K Alagesan, chairman and managing director of ITI, said.
ITI has also been declared as L1 in the RajNet project of the state of Rajasthan. The scope of the project includes supply of 40,000 Wi-Fi hotspots, 200 towers, 3,000 masts, 10,000 micro BTS, 800 BTS and annual maintenance. ITI said it is likely to get Rs 212 crore as part of L1 order.