HYDERABAD: South Korean company Dasan Network Solutions on June 14 wrote a letter to the current managing director of AP State FiberNet Limited (APSFL) alleging partiality in dealing with the companies that executed the project. The letter has gained significance as AP government has asked for a CBI probe into alleged irregularities committed during the previous regime in Fiber Grid project by APSFL.
The company has made several allegations in bid finalisation during tendering to execution. Dasan has provided multiple products for fixed broadband services to APSFL since 2016.
In the letter written by Dasan vice-president Vincent Choi, the company alleged, “Even after Dasan being L1(lowest) in Optical Line Terminal tender, the then APSFL authorities were not interested in giving purchase order to Dasan. After MD’s involvement, the purchase order was issued for 200 low cost OLTs leaving the high cost OLTs to their company of interest any time.”
Although Dasan has completed all works from its side, the then APSFL officials indirectly blocked Business Support Systems (BSS) integration. APSFL team had made operators buy OLTs at three times higher price than L1 bidder’s (Dasan) price. “As per the agreement if they are any issues which cause delay in supply and are beyond control, Dasan should not be imposed with any penalties. The officials then added more penalities on Dasan. Vendors who fail to supply after a month have to be blacklisted by adding 10% penalty. However, APSFL didn’t blacklist any vendor.