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Motorola in court

Wireless handset manufacturer Motorola is locked in a battle with Indian state telecom group BSNL after its tender for a US$6.6 billion contract to lay infrastructure for the firm was rejected.

The telecom operator disqualified both Motorola and Chinese firm ZTE from bidding for the contract on technical grounds.

Motorola has been in negotiations with BSNL over the contract but has not yet received an explanation for why its bid was dropped, according to the BBC.

In a bid to obtain greater “clarification and transparency” regarding the tender process, the US firm has now turned to the Delhi High Court.

Rivals Nokia, Siemens and Ericsson are all understood to be in the running for the contract, which involves laying 62 million GSM lines and supplying 3G equipment across the country.

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