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Part 1: CAG’s CommonWealth Games Report Says Irregularities In Hungama-HT Media, MTNL-HCL-Cisco Contracts

In an Audit Report prepared for submission to the President of India, the country's Comptroller and Auditor General has pointed towards irregularities in awarding contracts to the HT Media-Hungama Digital Media consortium, saying that the "award of the contract to HT-Hungama was flawed and irregular, with award procedures appearing to lack transparency" . It has also severely criticized state owned MTNL for allegedly colluding with the HCL-Cisco combine, saying that " the bidding process was tailored to ensure that only the HCL/Cisco team's financial bid was available, thus eliminating financial competition", and "the experience stipulation of 60 nodes in a single network was deliberately conceived to limit competition to HCL/Cisco team". It has also pointed out issues with procurement of computer hardware, Audio & Visual Equipment, Data Cards, IPTV, among others. (via The Economic Times). Notes from the CAG report (download part 1, part 2, annexures) MTNL-HCL-Cisco Deal The CAG alleges that though MTNL was appointed on “nomination basis” in October 2009 for providing telecommunications services for CWG-2010, on the premise that it would follow all norms and procedures for public financial accountability, it was found that the process of awarding the telecommunications services contract was flawed, and did the following: - More expensive, redundant broadcast networks: The CAG contends that MTNL pushed through the more expensive expensive technical solution (IP/ MPLS) for the Broadcast Video Network and Broadcast Audio Network, which had not been tested in the previous Games and was not acceptable to the Rights Holder Broadcasters (RHBs) from different Commonwealth countries. Thus point-to-point dark fibre…

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