Unnatural Scenario

VoicenData Bureau
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Despite tremendous growth in the telecom industry, it was not a good year for

telecom turnkey players. Estimated at Rs 3,311 crore, this sector has shown

negative growth. A major player in this space, ITI has been declared a sick

company as per the provisions of SICA 1985. Among the big players, only GTL has

shown positive growth.


The focus on improving the quality of service and the need to cater to new

subscribers is making operators strengthen their presence in existing circles.

Managed services deals replacing supply deals have become the new mantra for

telecom players. The trend has been firmly established with almost all the

operators signing the managed service deals. The new operators are also likely

to follow the trend.

Key Players

The current year has been good for GTL. It has partnered with Ericsson to

offer Managed Network Infrastructure Services to network operators and service

providers in Europe. It also entered into an alliance with Vanu, for conducting

active infrastructure sharing trials in India. In terms of turnkey orders, the

performance was quite impressive. This year, GTL has orders from Idea to roll

out BTS sites at locations across Gujarat, MP, and Maharashtra. The work

includes supply, installation, erection, testing and commissioning, and PMS

services. GTL also got orders from Reliance for BTS construction turnkey works

in seven circles.


Network deployment for telecom infrastructure roll out by Motorola for MTNL

was also bagged by GTL. In the second quarter, GTL got orders valued at Rs 335

crore. It has also bagged deals from Aircel and Idea for network deployment, and

Huawei has awarded an order to GTL for design and network planning at 7,800

sites. The total value of GTL's orders in FY 2007-08 is Rs 1,411 crore.

In the same period, GTL has made two strategic acquisitions to foray into

international markets. The acquisition of ADA Cellworks would help GTL to access

new markets like China, Indonesia, Taiwan, and the US. GTL's second acquisition,

SCS, will allow GTL to expand its business to North America. In FY 2007-08, the

total revenue of GTL from its turnkey business was Rs 1,004 crore, which is

approximately 40% more of its revenue in FY 2006-07. In FY 2006-07, GTL's

revenue was Rs 750 crore.


A small player like Nutek also showed positive growth. The total estimated

revenue for FY 2007-08 was Rs 100 crore, out of which the turnkey services share

was Rs 73.5 crore. The main orders for telecom turnkey were from Nokia for the

BSNL GSM project in J&K, Haryana and UP (East) circles; TTSL in J&K, UP East, UP

West, Rajasthan, West Bengal, Bihar and Jharkhand circles; Idea Cellular in

Mumbai Circle; Reliance Communications for Delhi, UP East, Mumbai and Haryana


UP (East), and Karnataka circles; Motorola for MTNL, Delhi circle; ZTE for

Aircel, Bihar and BSNL CDMA sites. It also got project management orders from

Sterling Projects for TTSL rollout in Delhi, Haryana, UP (West), UP (East),

Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu.


Telecom for Rajasthan and West Bengal circles; operations and maintenance

activities from Ericsson for BSNL circles in J&K and Haryana; and Aircel J&K

Circle. In FY 2008-09, the company is targeting revenue of around Rs 200 crore,

as it already has orders worth Rs 150 crore for that period.

Another small player in this space is ORG Telecom. Though it has a number of

deals, this year's revenue shows negative at around Rs 290 crore, compared to Rs

324 crore for the previous fiscal.

ORG has orders of TCIL for Rs 6.5 crore; LCR for Ericsson which is a tie up

with Intec for Rs 4.6 crore; Collegiate of education for Rs 2.2 crore; and from

Power Grid Corporation India (PGCIL) and Government of Jharkhand. Besides these

orders, ORG has received turnkey orders for CDMA networks in Tanzania, VSAT

projects in Afghanistan and Nepal, and NIB project as well.


Industry Outlook

The telecom turnkey players are under a lot of stress both from OEMs and

service providers. With margins decreasing, players have to improve logistics,

installation, and commissioning.

It seems that the demand for wireless services in the country has led to

increasing demands in rural and urban pockets of the country. Having provided

good coverage in urban areas, the focus now is on providing maximum rural


The telecom turnkey size is expected to grow with the addition of new players

and the need for the operators to have a pan-India presence.

Gyana Ranjan Swain