India’s BSNL may submit financial bid for Zamtel

India’ state run BSNL is likely to submit financial bid for a majority stake in Zambia Telecommunications
Ltd (Zamtel), Indian media have reported

“We are doing due diligence at the moment after qualifying in the first round. I think there is great possibility that we will put up the financial bid for Zamtel based on our estimation emerging out of the current due diligence process,” BSNL CMD Kuldeep Goyal told PTI.

Yesterday, Chairman and Managing Director of MTNL — the other PSU which has also been shortlisted for the second-round of bidding process — R S P Sinha said the company is interested in Zamtel.

The Zambian government is offering between 51 per cent and 75 per cent of its stake in Zamtel.

The process is likely to be completed in the first quarter of 2010.

South Africa’s Telkom, Africa’s biggest fixed-line operator, which is sitting on about 10 billion rand (USD 1.35 billion) after selling its mobile unit Vodacom to Britain’s Vodafone, is on the shortlist.

The prequalified companies and consortia have been invited to participate in the due diligence process that has started from November 2 and will continue till December 23.

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