State-run telecom firm BSNL on Thursday signed a strategic business pact with Microsoft India for offering complete suite of telecom and IT solutions for enterprise businesses. "BSNL today signed a strategic business MoU (memorandum of understanding) with Microsoft India offering complete suite of Telecom and IT Solutions for Enterprise Business," BSNL said in a statement.
BSNL has large share in landline network, including leased line connectivity to various enterprises. The agreement has been signed under a request for proposal floated by BSNL to cater end-to-end needs of enterprise customers involving many allied services in the field of IT, software as a service, cloud infrastructure, audio-video solutions etc.
"Microsoft (India) Pvt Limited showed interest in this RFP and submitted its proposal. After scrutinisation, proposal was found to be suitable and an offer was sent to Microsoft to enter into the MoU," the statement said. The agreement was signed and exchanged by BSNL Chairman and Managing Director Anupam Shrivastava and Microsoft India Chairman Bhaskar Pramanik.
"This strategic alliance would be non-exclusive and is aimed to leverage the domain expertise and strategic position in the Industry to garner more business either as a front runner or as a support associate to provide connectivity and telecom solutions as per the need and demand of the end customer," the statement said.
BSNL said that the initiative to have strategic MoU is without any commercial or legal commitments at this juncture and actual relevant business agreements on case to case basis would be done by the respective business verticals of BSNL by entering into bilateral or multilateral specific business agreements after following the necessary guidelines.
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