After numerous failed deadlines, BSNL has said that it will complete the roll out of WiMAX in rural areas by the year end.
Chennai-based Gemini Communications, Chinese equipment maker ZTE and the US-based Harris Stratex (renamed Aviat) are the three companies which now need to get a security clearance from the the Department of Telecom.
The Rs 1,000-crore project has hit a roadblaock with BSNL’s internal vigilance officer putting a stay on giving the project to one of the four shortlisted bidders. The Hyderabad-based VMC Ltd., which had emerged the fourth lowest bidder for the project, has been put under scanner for alleged evasion of duties by its parent company.
The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence has also issued a show-cause notice to Prithvi Information Solution, the parent company of VMC, for the alleged non-payment of duties.