Homegrown telecom vendor PertSol aiming to raise upto Rs 350 crore for 5G, international expansion; wins deal from BT

PertSol recently bagged a contract worth Rs 30 crore from state-run BSNL to deploy Location Based System (LBS) for the telco’s pan-India 2G/3G/4G network. The deployment of LBS was mandated by the telecom department in 2014 under the Unified Access Service License (UASL) rules

NEW DELHI: Mumbai-based telecom vendor PertSol (Pert Telecom Solutions) is looking to raise Rs 250-350 crore at the valuation of Rs 1,000 crore from private equity firms to expand its international operations and to build a 5G portfolio to tap the domestic opportunity, sources said.

“PertSol is in discussions with certain organizations and PE to raise funds for their expansion plans,” a source familiar with the matter told ET. “The company is planning offices in the US, the UK and Singapore.”

The person added that the company intends to also use the money to expand its 5G solutions portfolio which will help to to tap tier 1 and tier 2 telecom operators in India and other global markets.

The company has also bagged a deal from British Telecom (BT) to deploy IPLC Lawful Interception for their Indian ILD network. A company spokesperson confirmed the deal and said that PerSol also won projects from international organisations such as Ring Central for OTT Interception. He, however, didn’t offer any comments on fundraising plans.

“…this year, we have successfully delivered a project in Uganda and are rapidly expanding in other geographies,” the spokesperson added.

PertSol recently bagged a contract worth Rs 30 crore from state-run BSNL to deploy Location Based System (LBS) for the telco’s pan-India 2G/3G/4G network. The deployment of LBS was mandated by the telecom department in 2014 under the Unified Access Service License (UASL) rules.

PertSol is currently working with HFCL, L&T and Tech Mahindra as a vendor partner for 4G core to BSNL’s 4G trials for domestic solutions.

Incorporated in 2014, PertSol claims that it has 100% in-house telecom solutions to provide packet core for 3G and 4G LTE data services. It also claims to offer IMS (VoLTE) and the entire packet core stack.

BSNL’s 4G network trial: TCS, Tech Mahindra among shortlisted firms

Domestic tech majors like Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), Tech Mahindra, HFCL, and L&T have been shortlisted by state-run BSNL to conduct trials to test their local equipment. These firms will be given four months’ time to conduct the trials and display proof of their 4G network technology, after which the successful ones will be eligible to bid for rolling out BSNL’s 4G network. Traditional global telecom network firms like Nokia, Ericsson, Samsung, Huawei, etc, did not participate in the process for the trials.

Trials are necessary because BSNL has been mandated to use equipment from local firms only for its core network as part of what is called a system integrator-led model.

According to officials, the trials will be conducted at five locations to test the equipment. TCS, which has partnered with C-DoT for core network and Tejas and Altiostar for radio equipment, will conduct the trials at Chandigarh.

Tech Mahindra will conduct the trials with core equipment of Pertsol and radio network of Sterlite and Altiostar at Pune. Similarly, HFCL will conduct trials with Pertsol and Mavenir at Chennai and L&T, too, will do along with Pertsol and Mavenir at Bangalore. State-run ITI will conduct trials at Ambala.

Under the multi-vendor model for which trials are being conducted, the 4G network would be built and managed by a system integrator, which would basically partner different companies for hardware and software and assemble everything. This is a new model that is being tried globally. For BSNL, as the system integrator would be an Indian player, it would lend a domestic touch in building the network.

Most private mobile operators have built their networks through turnkey contracts awarded to a single vendor, which, after commissioning, also manages it under managed services agreement. It saves cost and improves network efficiency. In the system integrator model, the network would have components of several players, basically by way of assembling, which may increase costs and lead to quality issues or technical glitches.

BSNL expects 4G rollout within a period of 10 months on successful completion of trials. Assuming that trials are successfully completed in four months, the network can be rolled out after 14 months from that date. But, in case the trials are not completed within the specified timelines, then rollout timelines may also get extended.

TCS, Tech Mahindra, HFCL, L&T shortlisted for BSNL’s 4G network trial

State-owned BSNL is preparing to conduct trials for 4G network technology, and it is being known that major technology companies such as Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), Tech Mahindra, HFCL and L&T are shortlisted for conducting the trial to test the telecom service provider’s local equipment.

As per a Financial Express report, the trials will be conducted at five locations to test the equipment. TCS, which has partnered with C-DoT for core network and Tejas and Altiostar for radio equipment, will conduct the trials at Chandigarh.

Also, the report stated that Tech Mahindra will conduct the trials with core equipment of Pertsol and the radio network of Sterlite and Altiostar at Pune. Similarly, HFCL will conduct trials with Pertsol and Mavenir at Chennai and L&T, too, will do along with Pertsol and Mavenir at Bangalore. State-run ITI will conduct trials at Ambala.

These companies are given four months to conduct the trials and provide proof of their 4G network technology.

Accordingly, a suitable company will be selected for rolling out 4G network technology for BSNL.

The trial is required as BSNL is mandated to use equipment from local firms for its 4G network.

BSNL tender: HFCL, ITI, TechM, L&T, TCS and Galore submit bid to trial 4G core, radio tech

NEW DELHI: Home-bred companies HFCL, ITI Limited, Tech Mahindra, L&T, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) and Galore Networks have submitted Express of Interest (EoI) for state-run BSNL‘s phase nine tender for 57,000 4G sites nationally.

HFCL and L&T have submitted their bid with Mumbai-based PertSol for core technology and US-based Mavenir for radio. Tech Mahindra has submitted bid with Sterlite for radio and Pertsol for core technology.

ITI and TCS have submitted their bid with state-run C-DoT for core technology and Tejas Networks for radio. ITI and TCS have separately submitted a bid together, said people aware of the matter.

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The submission by Bangalore-based Galore Networks came as a surprise to many. As per information available on its website, the company claims to offer end-to-end solutions are centred around 5G, IoT, Cloud Offering’s/NFv -SDN and legacy network products ranging from 2G-3G & 4G.

Galore, which was established in 2013, hasn’t partnered with any other company for core and radio technologies for the EoI, sources said.

All participating companies, also known as master system integrators, submitted their EoIs on Tuesday. BSNL will finalise and give a letter of intent to qualified bidders, who will be required to submit bank guarantees (BG) of Rs 5 crore to start proof of concept (PoC) to be completed within four months.

“Selected MSIs will have to do PoC. There are eight cities in total and every MSI will get one city, where they will have to deploy RAN and core under the PoC to test their technologies. Once successful, they will be allowed to participate in the tender,” a person working with a leading home-bred vendor told ET.

BSNL’s survival depends on the launch of 4G services, and it expects 4G rollout within 10 months of successful completion of trials by local companies, and if the Proof of Concept (PoC) gets completed within four months, the network could be rolled out after 14 months from the said date.

Otherwise, the telco believes the specified rollout timelines would also get extended.

PK Purwar-headed BSN’s 4G network launch has been dragged following a series of controversies involving homegrown companies and their multinational rivals. The fourth-largest telco had to scrap the notice inviting tender (NIT), released in March last year on the back of outcry from local telecom companies alleging restrictive conditions.

In January 2021, BSNL come out with a detailed notice inviting e-tender, for planning, testing, deployment and annual maintenance of its much-awaited 4G network across four operational zones in addition to Delhi and Mumbai circles for 57,000 sites on a turnkey basis. However, the conditions required its partners like Nokia to deposit their source code for core and radio network in an escrow account.

However, the Empowered Technology Group (ETG), headed by Principal Scientific Advisor K. VijayRaghavan approved the plan in late March, which will allow multinational vendors like Nokia and Samsung to apply for the telco’s 4G tender. The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) had also given its nod to split the tender for the rollout of the 4G services into two parts as BSNL was facing delays owing to the slow pace of trials by the Indian companies.

BSNL will reportedly bring out a fresh tender for 50,000 4G sites wherein the state-run firm can buy equipment from global firms like Nokia, Ericsson and Samsung, which were previously.


ET Telecom: PertSol bags LBS contract from BSNL

PertSol grabs country-wide Location Based System (LBS) contract from Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), a Tier 1 and an incumbent Telecom Service Provider in India
 

BSNL floated a tender for PAN India deployment of LBS across all BSNL’s varied wireless networks. From the numerous bidders eyeing the tender, Pert Telecom Solutions Pvt Ltd (PertSol) was selected by BSNL for deployment of PertSol iLocator in BSNL 2G/3G & 4G networks.

“We will ensure timely implementation. LBS once commissioned will help BSNL to meet DoT LBS requirements/mandates and will also enable BSNL to provide value added services such as fleet management, etc.” Mitesh Vageriya, CEO of PertSol told Economic Times (ET). “The entire platform is in line with Aatma Nirbhar Abhiyan of Govt of India.”

Source:https://telecom.economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/bsnl-awards-lbs-deployment-contract-worth-rs-30-crore-to-pertsol/80385624

PertSol’s LBS solution – iLocator, is already being used for various State Emergency Services such as UP112, Mumbai100, CG112, MP100, MERS112 and is being implemented in Gujarat112.

The project is a combination of Planning, Engineering, Supply, Installation, Testing, Commissioning & Annual maintenance of location-based system (including GMLC, SMLC, SAS and e-SMLC) and its Integration with LIS system and CMS for BSNL’s 2G/3G/4G networks across north, east, south & west zones.

Almost a decade ago, Government of India introduced newly mandatory regulations for Indian Telecom Service Providers (TSP’s) including Implementation of Location Based Services (LBS) System.

The inclusion of Location Based Services (LBS) into UAS Licensing Department of Telecommunications (DoT) in 2011, mandated Indian TSP’s to accelerate their move and adapt the new norms.

Post these amendments, another mandate was released by DOT in 2016, where TSP’s were to integrate GMLC (Gateway Mobile Location Centre) with all the PSAP’s (Public Safety Answering Point) providing real-time location of the distress callers to emergency services. This process will ensure the location of all the callers, calling PSAP numbers like 100, 102, 108, and 112 automatically be made available to the Emergency Service Providers by TSP’s in minimal time.

PertSol iLocator (LBS platform) will connect to all PSAP’s and enable BSNL to commercially exploit LBS services across all their circles in India.

ET Telecom: The curious case of indigenous 4G core

PertSol’s Indigenous 4G core solution attaining spotlight in the news for BSNL’s 4G network deployment EOI.
 

Pert Telecom Solutions (PertSol) is recently in news for in-house Indigenous ‘Make in India’ 4G core offering for BSNL’s 4G network deployment project. With the growing anxiety around the EOI document for 4G RAN and packet core deployment by BSNL, PertSol is emerging out as an eminent home-bred telecom company with promising 4G core solution in India.

With HQ in Mumbai incorporated in 2014, PertSol is a prominent OEM with innovative future ready solutions for Telecom Operators, Regulatory Bodies, and Government & Law enforcement agencies. PertSol’s Indigenous 4G core solution ‘Intelligent Mobile Data Exchange Gateway’ (iMDEG) & ‘Home Subscriber Services’ (iHSS) are gaining huge limelight amongst prospect bidders for BSNL’s 4G project.

PertSol’s iMDEG is a mobile packet data gateway which provides various packet core functions in one solution for mobile data services (3G/4G/5G) and PertSol’s iHSS is a unified subscriber information management system which includes functions like HSS, HLR, AuC, and SLF for GSM, UMTS, LTE, IMS, Wi-fi, and IoT networks.

As the Central Government undertakes PM Modi’s ‘Make in India’ and ‘Aatma Nirbhar Bharat’ initiative thoughtfully, PertSol’s product line tends to dissolve the dependency on foreign companies who are chasing to hold their flags in the Indian Telecom Market.

(Source: https://telecom.economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/bsnl-tender-the-curious-case-of-indigenous-4g-core-and-mavenir/80296297)

Speaking to ET, Gurjot S Sandhu, Director & Chief Business Officer of Pert Telecom Solutions, confirmed their participation in BSNL’s 4G tender. “We are currently in talks with MSIs for the BSNL’s 4G tender.”

Sandhu said that, PertSol is the major third-party solution provider to BSNL under phase VIII.4. “Around 80-85% of the business came to us through Nokia and ZTE. We deployed our security, compliance, remote access, IP log and fraud management, and location-based services for BSNL’s PAN India network.”

Being a surging name in the Telecom industry, PertSol’s offerings are foreseen as India’s Nextgen telecom solutions. ‘Our efforts will continue to lead the Telecom Industry with the latest technologies and fulfill the dream of our Hon’ble Prime Minister of making India Aatma Nirbhar Bharat soon’, Mr. Gurjot Sandhu added.

Insights Success: Pert Telecom Solutions

Privileged to be Featured as the Company of the Month as well as among “Top 10 Most Prominent Telecom Solution Providers” in the July 2019 edition of Insights Success Insights Success Media Tech LLC. We have been recognized for our exceptional innovation of next-gen solutions and impeccable customer service. Exclusive Interview with Co-founder Mitesh Vageriya (CEO), Gurjot S Sandhu (CBO) and Madhusudan Rajbhar (COO)