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Foreign telecom gear makers seek relief from DoT on eligibility criteria

Ask DoT to include service costs while calculating local content, value addition

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Such a move could also close the doors for foreign gear makers for future telecom equipment tenders, until they increase local content in their products

Surajeet Das Gupta New Delhi
Non-Chinese telecom equipment makers, led by European players, are pushing the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) to include service costs while calculating local content and value addition, so that they become eligible to be classified as local suppliers under the revised rules of the Public Procurement Order, 2017.

A decision on this could be crucial in deciding whether foreign gear makers can participate in the forthcoming request for proposal (RFP) to supply 4G gear for BSNL and MTNL.

State-owned BSNL was recently forced to cancel its RFP because of strong opposition from home-grown companies that said it violated the procurement policy

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First Published: Jul 29 2020 | 6:05 AM IST

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