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BSNL to install eco-friendly solar powered green mobile towers... - nairrk - 05-03-2017

BSNL to install eco-friendly solar powered green mobile towers in over 4000 remote villages of Arunachal Pradesh and Assam

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Indian telecom equipment manufacturer Vihaan Network Limited (VNL) has bagged Rs 1648 crore telecom infrastructure project of BSNL. Emerging as the lowest bidder in the tender opened for the first phase of the project yesterday by BSNL, VNL will get whole of Arunachal Pradesh which will be around 70 per cent share in the first phase of the North East mobile Connectivity.

This project is part of the Rs 5,336.18 crore worth Comprehensive Telecom Development Plan for the North-Eastern Region (NER) comprising 8 states which was approved by the Union Cabinet in September 2014. The project envisages providing mobile coverage in 8,621 unconnected villages and seamless coverage along National Highways in the North-East region through 6,673 towers, and will be funded from the Universal Service Obligation Fund (USOF). The Project earmarked by BSNL for the domestic technology players would give the remaining 30 per cent to second lowest bidder HFCL with around 20 per cent price differential at Rs. 1970 crores, but will be executed at the same price as that of the lowest bid.

VNL, India’s leading telecommunication enabler with recognized expertise in indigenously developing end-to-end telecom infrastructure products and solutions has been given the responsibility of creating the infrastructure across bordering state of Arunachal Pradesh while the other partner will execute the project in two districts (Karbi Anglong & Dima Haso) of Assam.

Under the Phase-I of the project, which is to be executed by state owned operator BSNL, 2817 sites are to be installed tVNL - a truly Indian global Telecommunications network solutions provider was instrumental in executing a major part of this project by installing around 1,315 solar empanelled towers in the LWE region in record timeo cover 4118 remotely located villages and tough terrains in Arunachal Pradesh and two districts of Assam. Projects are to be executed solely through indigenous technology. As per the project condition, the lowest bidder, Vihaan Networks (VNL) in this case, will get to roll out around 1,893 mobile towers in Arunachal Pradesh.

As part of the project Eco-friendly green Mobile towers will be erected by VNL using its own technology and will be fuelled by solar power. VNL had also completed successfully a BSNL project last year for creating infrastructure in LWE areas after it bagged the contract as the lowest bidder in December last year for providing voice and data connectivity in the most challenging terrain. The Union cabinet then chaired by Hon'ble Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi had accorded an approval to install and maintain 2,199 mobile towers in naxal affected states. Funding came through the USOF (universal service obligation fund) supported scheme.

VNL - a truly Indian global Telecommunications network solutions provider was instrumental in executing a major part of this project by installing around 1,315 solar empanelled towers in the LWE region in record time.

Credit: Keralatelecom...