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BSNL to outsource O&M of its telecom towers portfolio

January 16, 2012
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Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) reportedly plans to outsource the operation and maintenance (O&M) of its 40,000 telecom towers across the country. The company has also begun leasing these out to private telecom companies.

The company has floated a tender requesting for comments from interested parties. In the tender, BSNL has proposed to set up tower operating centres (TOCs) at each of its circles, which would have a centralised web-based monitoring system.

After staff costs, which account for 49 per cent of its expenditure, management of the towers and other networks comes to about 20-25 per cent, as per company estimates.

The contract for tower management will be given for a period of three years initially, with an option to extend it for another two years. Every circle will outsource the O&M of its passive infrastructure at BTS sites. The bidder will be required to achieve 15 per cent reduction in energy costs, with respect to the current average benchmark cost of energy, as per the tender.

This is expected to help BSNL cut expenditure, along with the voluntary retirement (VRS) proposal for about 100,000 employees.

Apart from leasing out towers, the company also hopes its enterprise business will help generate revenues.

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