Their objection was that the 4G tender was made in a way that would keep local players out of the process, thereby going against the basic principle of atmanirbhar bharat, which Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged citizens to embrace.
The tender will be executed in three phases. In the first phase, system integrators should show proof of concept, say in a location like the Andaman with existing products.
This has to be followed by initial deployment in a few circles with required features. The third phase would be to scale up roll out across the country with dual feature 4G and potential upgrade to 5G in future.
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