Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL), which launched its mobile services
seven months ago, has emerged as the No 1 cellular service
provider in Kerala with 2.64 lakh connections.
chief general manager (Kerala circle) S L Winston says
as per the statistics of the Cellular Operators'' Association
of India, BSNL, as on 31 May 2003, had a customer base
of 2.54 lakh, followed by Escotel (2.40 lakh), BPL (1.49
lakh) and Airtel (62,000).
He says at present full coverage
is provided in 128 cities and incidental coverage in 47
cities. "The coverage will be increased further by
adding about 100 more base stations. The work has already
been started and is expected to be over in three months."
says BSNL has introduced a special scheme for postpaid
connections in Kerala. "Those landline customers
who take a new postpaid connection next month will get
another CellOne connection free at the same address."