India's BBNL issues global tender to develop BharatNet

India's BBNL issues global tender to develop BharatNet

Special purpose vehicle Bharat Broadband Network Limited (BBNL), on behalf of India's Department of Telecommunication (DoT), came out with a global tender for the development of BharatNet through public private partnership (PPP) in nine separate packages across 16 States for a concession period of 30 years.

The global tender is for the creation, upgradation, operation and maintenance and utilisation of BharatNet, said a government notification.

Under this project, the government of India will provide a maximum grant of INR 19,041 crore (USD 2.6 billion) as Viability Gap Funding, the Ministry of Communications said in a statement. The Cabinet had approved the PPP model on June 30.

BBNL is carrying out an open, aggressive bidding system with one phase, two-component bidding (‘Qualification bid’ and ‘Financial Bid’) for awarding the venture. The bids for each individual of the package need to be submitted individually.

Once awarded, the picked bidder will make a specific reason car or truck (SPV), sign the settlement, obtain economical closure and undertake development, upgradation, operation and servicing and utilisation of BharatNet across the concession interval.

Under the project, the government plans to cover an estimated 361,000 villages across the states of Kerala, Karnataka, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal, Assam, Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura, Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh.

The scope of BharatNet has now been enhanced to connect all inhabited villages, approximately 643,000, of the country.