BSNL to invest Rs4,300 crore on network expansion

State-owned Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) plans to expand its network at an investment of Rs4,300 in 2018-19 and another Rs5,000-6,000 crore on government telecom projects. 

Anupam Shrivastava , chairman and managing director told PTI the government projects would be Bharat Net, network for spectrum, the comprehensive telecom development plan for north east and boosting optic fibre connectivity to Andamans.
Remote areas of Arunachal Pradesh will be connected and bandwidth will be provided to Lakshadweep islands, he said. BSNL is being used as one of the vehicles to invest in large connectivity projects where private players are not foraying and the company does that work on behalf of the government, said he. Around 12,000 mobile towers will be installed for 3G services and 10,000 for 4G services, he said.
"Government is investing in large connectivity projects, where private players are not going. BSNL is being used as one of the vehicles to execute those projects and we do that work on behalf of government," he said.
Shrivastava said that the telecom corporation will look to install 12,000 mobile towers for 3G services and 10,000 for 4G services. This will have a provision for 100 per cent expansion mapped to BSNL's 4G services roll out and spectrum allocation.
As per the latest report by telecom regulator, BSNL had 9.40 per cent share of mobile services market as on January 31 and had added 3.96 lakh customers during that month. MBI MR MR
According to a recent Trai report owned 9.40 percent share of mobile services market 31 January BSNL. The public sector company added 3.96 lakh customers in January.