News Roundup: RCom bags 300 Cr UID Contract

RCom has won the number repository and IT infrastructure contract for Aadhaar as part of a consortium led by HCL Infosystems. The total value of the contract (to be) carried out by RCom is expected to be in the range of Rs 200 crore – Rs 300 crore [source].

IT vendors including Accenture-NEC, L1 ID and Mahindra Satyam-Morpho lock horns with Unique ID Authority

Biometric vendors de-duplicating Aadhaar numbers have refused to work with Unique ID Authority of India after finishing their contract, next month. The vendors were eliminating duplicate or redundant information in the Aadhaar IDs at the price of Rs 2.75 per number fixed with the agency. The deadlock over price threatens to create an uncertainty for the second phase of enrollments, which starts post-April, for about 40 crore citizens, even as new service provider is yet to come on board and take over UIDAI’s IT operations.[source]

Aircel to renew $100 million deal with Nokia Siemens Networks

Aircel, the country’s fifth-largest GSM operator with nearly 60 million subscribers, will renew a $100-million outsourcing contract with Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) to manage its mobile networks in seven circles. [source]

Trai suggests Rs 600 crore aid for BSNL’s rural operations

Telecom Regulatory Authority of India(Trai) has asked the Centre to provide cash-strappedBSNL with Rs 600 crore to sustain its loss-making wireline operations in rural India. While BSNL had sought support of Rs 2,580 crore annually, the regulator has recommended this interim amount be paid from the Universal Services Obligation Fund. Trai will study BSNL’s demands and decide on the annual subsidy after consulting all stakeholders.[source]

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