HFCL, a leading Indian manufacturer of optical fibre cables, optical transport, power electronics and broadband equipment for the telecommunication industry, has won orders worth Rs447.81 crores (about US$56.2 million) from India’s state-owned operator Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) and the telecom infrastructure provider RailTel Corporation.
Of this, Rs341.26 crores (about US$42.8 million) comes from BSNL for the supply, installation, commissioning, operation, and maintenance of a control plane user plane separation broadband network gateway (CUPS BNG) and associated subscriber policy manager and authentication platform on a turnkey basis.
The remaining Rs106.55 crores (about $13.4 million) goes to HFCL from RailTel for supply, installation, testing, commissioning, integration with existing infrastructure, operation, and maintenance of an IP-based video surveillance system (VSS) at 180 railway stations in the western region of RailTel for and on behalf of Indian Railways.
RailTel Corporation is one of the largest neutral telecom infrastructure providers in the country, owning a Pan-India optic fibre network on exclusive right of way (ROW) along railway tracks.
Government owned (and cash-strapped) BSNL describes itself as a technology-oriented integrated telecom service provider. Its services include broadband, FTTH and mobile.
As we have reported, BSNL is receiving somewhere in the region of US$20 billion as part of a revival package, though it’s not clear whether the recently released US$626.6 million first tranche of the package will help to pay for this deal.