Source:Light Reading OCTOBER 19, 2007 http://www.lightreading.com/document.asp?doc_id=136729
As potential bidders examine that fixed broadband request for proposal (RFP), BSNL looks set to issue a wireless broadband access tender document in the coming weeks. According to a report from Reuters, BSNL chairman Kuldeep Goyal said the carrier is due to announce a procurement plan for WiMax gear that can support 2 million connections.
Any RFP for such a plan would attract the attention of numerous vendors, including Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU - message board), Aperto Networks Inc. , Motorola Inc. (NYSE: MOT - message board), Nokia Siemens Networks , Nortel Networks Ltd. (NYSE/Toronto: NT - message board), and Indian vendor Telsima Corp. , which is supplying WiMax gear to two other major Indian carriers, Reliance Communications Ltd. and Videsh Sanchar Nigam Ltd. (VSNL) (NYSE: VSL - message board).
(See WiMax Startup Telsima Pockets $50M, AlcaLu Completes WiMax Trial, Aperto Expands in India, Redline Supports Asia WiMax, and the "Base Stations & Controllers" section of Who Makes What: Wireless Infrastructure .)
BSNL has already deployed some WiMax gear from Aperto to provide wireless broadband for business customers. (See BSNL Deploys Aperto.)