BSNL, MTNL Set For A Major Revival
State-run telecom players, BSNL and MTNL are set for a major revival. The organizations have announced that they are aiming for better coverage by strengthening their networks by adding about 28,300 new mobile sites. Both state-owned companies are planning to make improvements to their services in order to enhance 3G download speed by almost six times, thus greatly benefiting the end user.
MTNL is building its network’s strength by adding 566 BTSs (base transceiver stations) in Mumbai and 800 BTSs in Delhi. The telecom company will also use 1080 new IP-based Node-Bs (3G antenna) in Delhi and Mumbai respectively. On the other hand, BSNL will enhance its network with the help of 10052 Node Bs and 14263 BTSs as part of its phase 7 expansion plan, according to a statement.
Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said that MTNL will work on better coverage in Mumbai and Delhi by tossing in 3526 mobile sites which include 2G and 3G equipment.
The two state-run companies are even looking to upgrade their high speed downlink packet access 3G network that currently supports 3.6Mbps and 84Kbps of download and upload speeds, respectively. BSNL and MTNL are set on offering download and upload speeds of 21.1Mbps and 5.76Mbps per sector in each node-B.
The government has earmarked Internal and Extra Budgetary Resources (IEBR) has set a total expenditure target of Rs. 6,463.65 crore for telecom public sector units, including BSNL, MTNL, ITI, C-DoT and TCIL, this fiscal.
“The provisioned amount will be part of fresh capital expenditure that we will have to make in increasing our asset which includes network expansion and upgradation,” a top official of a state-run telecom operator informed PTI.
The National Optical Fibre Network, under which government has set target to connect 50,000 gram panchayats by broadband this fiscal to increase telecom penetration, is being funded through USOF towards which the government has transferred Rs. 3,537 Crore. The project likely to be completed by end of March 2017 is being managed by BSNL. On the government’s suggestions on increasing the average speed of internet in India, Prasad noted that the national optical fiber network will provide capacity of 100Mbps to each village panchayat it connects.
BSNL last month issued advance purchase order of around Rs. 8,678 crore for 10 year contract to five companies for supplying and deploying optical fibres for the communication network of defence forces. Prasad noted that the government has allocated Rs. 461 crore to loss making Indian Telephone Industries (ITI) Limited for revival.
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