$6B Wireless Winners
That is, unless the government kicks Huawei's bid into touch on security grounds and leaves BSNL without a qualified bidder for 50 percent of the tender.
The tender for 93 million lines is split into four regional zones -- North, South, East, and (wait for it!) West. Only in the Eastern zone, where both Huawei and Ericsson bid, is there more than one qualified bidder.
Bids from Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU), Nokia Networks , and ZTE Corp. (Shenzhen: 000063; Hong Kong: 0763) were counted out for technical reasons.
The next stage is for the sealed bids to be opened and prices compared. However, this will only happen once BSNL receives clearance from government authorities.
This may not be as straightforward as it appears. The Indian Ministry of Home Affairs has raised concerns over the security implications of Huawei, which supposedly has links to the Chinese military, being so heavily involved in a strategically important industry.
This is not the first time security concerns have threatened to scupper Huawei's success. (See Security Unease Dogs 21CN.) The security card, it seems, is being played with increasing regularity now that Huawei's technical credentials are well established.
— Catherine Haslam, Asia Editor, Light Reading
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