With focus on WiMAX, India's BSNL plans LTE back-up

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Indian state owned operator Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) has asked its broadband franchisee partners to set up a network that is capable of migrating to the LTE technology if required.

BSNL has given letters of intent to Teracom, Take Solutions, Adishwar India and Ampoules to roll-out Wimax-based broadband services as a franchisee.

According to reports, BSNL has introduced a clause in their contracts mandating them to shift to the LTE technology standard if the latter were to emerge as the successful technology platform in India.

The private firms have offered to give between 10 per cent and 32 per cent of the revenue earned across various circles to BSNL.

A senior BSNL official said that though the PSU was currently going ahead with its Wimax strategy for offering broadband services, BSNL will watch the development around LTE closely.

While Teracom has partnered with Cisco for the project, Take Solution has a tie-up with Chinese vendor ZTE. Adishwar and Ampoules have partnered with Israeli equipment vendor Alvarion.

Further Readings: Economic Times, The Hindu

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