FinMin spikes BSNL revival plan; no VRS, free 4G spectrum: report

The union finance ministry has rejected the Nripendra Misra committee report on plans to revive state-owned telecom operators BSNL and MTNL, including plans for a Rs 8,500 cr VRS package and ‘free’ 4G spectrum, Malayalam newspaper Mathrubhumi reported, quoting sources. The report, if correct, would make the condition of the state-owned telecom player precarious as […]

Reliance Jio GigaFiber to offer free cable TV + broadband at Rs 500/month

Reliance Jio GigaFiber, the new wired broadband and cable TV service from India’s biggest telecom operator by volumes, is likely to offer free cable TV and high-speed broadband for Rs 500 per month. The customer is likely to have to make an initial upfront payment of around Rs 3,000, which would enable him to avail […]

BSNL-MTNL Revival Plan: Govt to give 4G spectrum in 3 bands

Government of India plans to give 4G-suitable spectrum in three LTE bands to BSNL and MTNL as part of a plan to revive their operations, Minister of Communications Ravi Shankar Prasad announced on Thursday. Prasad said the two public sector companies have requested spectrum in the 800 MHz, 1800 MHz and 2100 MHz bands to […]

Government gives back surrendered 4G spectrum to BSNL

The government of India has given back the 4G spectrum surrendered by BSNL about seven years ago to enable the state-owned telecom operator to start 4G services. The telecom operator had surrendered 4G spectrum in six expensive circles such as Maharashtra, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh about seven years ago, in return for part […]

BSNL could launch 5G within one year

Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd could end up launching 5G services as early as the first half of 2019, going by comments made by a senior official at an industry forum today. Speaking at the¬†Mobile Device Summit 2018 organized by ‘The Mobile Association’,¬†Anil Jain, the company’s Chief General Manager in charge of New Generation Networks promised […]

BSNL on track to post biggest ever subscriber losses in FY18

India’s state-owned telecom utility Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd is likely to report a decline of around 1.66 mln landline phone users in the year-ended March 2018, the highest in its history. During the first ten months of the just-concluded financial year, the company saw a 10.04% fall in its landline telephone users. At this rate, […]

Telecom Commission okays Rs 7,330 cr follow-up to BSNL’s Maoist tower project

The Telecom Commission, the top bureaucratic decision making body within the communications ministry, has approved a Rs 7,330 cr project to set up an additional 4,072 mobile towers in left-wing extremism affected areas, telecom minister Manoj Sinha said today. The project will be a follow-up the first phase, when BSNL set up 2,329 towers in […]

No plan to merge BSNL with MTNL, to go ahead with outsourcing maintenance

Telecom minister Manoj Sinha today said that the government has ‘no plans’ to merge state-owned telecom service providers Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd and Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd. Sinha also said that BSNL is going ahead with the outsourcing of operations and maintenance activities of 26,287 towers across the country to third parties. “At present, there […]

BSNL extends Sunday Free Calling “on popular demand”

Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd or BSNL, the state-owned telecom operator, said it has cancelled its order to stop unlimited free calls on its landlines on all Sundays. The order was issued two weeks ago and had said that the facility of unlimited free calling on Sundays would be abolished from February. On Saturday, the company […]

BSNL, Reliance Jio testing network tie-up – Minister

State-owned Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd is currently testing an intra-circle roaming agreement with Reliance Jio in Karnataka circle, telecom minister Manoj Sinha said. However, he did not clarify whether the agreement was to allow BSNL users to tap into Reliance Jio’s 4G service or to allow Jio users to access BSNL’s 2G service. However, the […]

BSNL 4G service likely to start with only 10,000 towers

Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd, the government-controlled telecom company, is likely to start its 4G services with a modest 10,000 towers. In comparison, players like Idea Cellular, Vodafone and Bharti Airtel have between 50,000-100,000 4G towers, while Reliance Jio has around 200,000 LTE base stations. BSNL has planned for only 10,000 4G node B or base […]

BSNL gives ‘free broadband for 1 month’ via FB, Twitter

State-owned Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd said it would offer one month of its wired services — DSL, landline or fiber — free if the booking is made via Twitter or Facebook. The user will have to pay security deposits and installation charges, if any. However, he or she will get a month’s worth of services […]