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Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd’s plans to upgrade its 2G and 3G networks in Delhi and Mumbai have hit a wall as the telecom department (DoT) is yet to clear its Rs 1,000-crore GSM network expansion budget, a scenario that could trigger time and cost-overruns.

State-run MTNL has been unable to place advance purchase orders with Finland’s Nokia Networks, which had emerged the lowest bidder for supplying 2G and 3G equipment in both cities back in January.

“We are not in a position to place orders with Nokia yet as the fund disbursals from DoT have not yet happened,” a top MTNL official, aware of the matter, said. Original at ET Telecom

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