Following demise of the separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani, mobile services, except on BSNL's postpaid, were snapped across the valley on Wednesday night as a pre-emptive measure.
Both the prime ministers had jointly launched Phase-I of the project during Modi's state visit to Bhutan in August last year.
Official sources said that the government had told BSNL not to use Chinese equipment in 4G upgrade, and that implementation of the direction meant that the company had to issue a new tender.
The Department of Telecom is considering measures to urge private telecom operators to bring down their dependence on Chinese-made telecom equipment.
Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, in a press conference, clarified that neither MTNL nor BSNL was being closed or divested, allaying apprehensions of employees and users.
TRAI has favoured that upfront formula-based spectrum charges be replaced with adjusted gross revenue (AGR)-based fees when it comes to BSNL's satellite services through INMARSAT.
Nokia's Chennai facility recently crossed the four-million unit production milestone in its 10th year of operation. BSNL is already working with Nokia and Chinese player ZTE on a 5G technology roadmap.
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