Telecom major, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), has
decided to expand its cellular network to add another
six crore lines. According to the union minister for communications,
information and technology Dayanidhi Maran, BSNL is in
the process of considering the tender for the new lines.
In fact, BSNL is already in the process of adding 1.6
crore lines in the country.
this at a function here on August 17, to launch 40-lakh
additional mobile lines in the south zone Chennai,
Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Pondicherry, Kerala and Karnataka
Maran said, "Hardware vendors bidding for
the BSNL order should do at least 30 per cent value addition
to him, there are 5.35 crore mobile lines in India and
this should go up to 25 crore by 2007.
to the recent criticism of BSNL in the media, he said,
"One cannot compare the performance of private players
and BSNL as the former started operating in 1994 and the
later only in 2002."
six months BSNL will lead the telecom race in the country.
It took three years to add 13 lakh lines in Tamil Nadu
and now in three months a similar number will be added,"
to him BSNL will add 1.6 crore mobile lines this calendar
year and another 80 lakh lines by March 2006.
share of the four Southern states and the union territory
of Pondicherry in the 40-lakh new lines will be
Tamil Nadu including Chennai and Pondicherry 12.8 lakh;
Karnataka 8.02 lakh, Kerala 9.6 lakh and Andhra Pradesh
network is upgraded to the enhanced data rate for GSM
evolution-EDGE standards. This would provide higher data
rate for video transmission to lead BSNL on to 3G technology.
Rs1,200-crore turnkey project has been bagged by Nortel.
According to Nortel''s president-Global Operations, Susan
Spradley, this is the single largest order that Nortel
has ever bagged.
to A K Sinha, chairman and managing director, BSNL, "The
40-lakh lines will be made available in the Southern region
chief ministers of Karnataka and Pondicherry, Dharam Singh
N Rangasamy, and the former chief minister of Tamil Nadu,
M Karunanidhi, members of parliament G K Vasan and M M
Pallam Raju, telecom secretary Dr J S Sharma also addressed
the media on the occasion.