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Three firms interested to offer 4G core network service to NT

Threefirms have applied to offer Long Term Evolution (LTE)/4G core network serviceto Nepal Telecom (NT).

According to NT officials, communication service providersZTE, Huawei and Mavenir have expressed interest to provide LTE core networkservice to Nepal Telecom. NT had opened the bids submitted by these applicantsat an event here today. However, NT is yet to award the contract to an eligiblefirm.

On November 3rd, NT called for bids frominterested companies for the supply, delivery, installation and commissioningof LTE/4G core network in different parts of the country.

“We have opened the bids today. We will now thoroughlyanalyze the proposal of each applicant firm before awarding the contract,” saidKamini Rajbhandari, managing director of NT.

Though THT could not verify the project cost that the threeapplicants have mentioned in their proposals, sources informed that ZTE hasproposed to give LTE core network service to NT at $15.36 million.

Similarly, Huawei and Mavenir have proposed to provide theservice at $38 million and $21 million, respectively.

Meanwhile, Huawei has also floated a second option, inwhich it has proposed to simply upgrade NT’s current infrastructure for providing4G core network service at $9.9 million, the source added.

Source: TheHimalayan Times, 9th January 2018

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