State-owned telecom major Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) has placed equipment
and service orders worth $1.3 billion with Swedish telecom equipment maker Ericsson.
would also soon be offered a large contract, Kuldeep Goyal, chairman and managing
director of the state-run telecom firm, said.
has finalised the tender for adding 22.75 million GSM lines and will be finalising
contracts with both Ericsson and Nokia-Siemens. BSNL will be adding two million
connections a month from next year and would invest Rs22,880 crore in 2007-08
for expanding telecom services, he added.
had accepted an order for 13.12 million lines at Rs3,700 per line, BSNL CMD said.
BSNL, he said, generated a revenue of around Rs39,715 crore and net profit of
about Rs7,806 crore in 2006-07.
would be adding nearly 10.5 million phone subscribers in 2007-08, comprising 8.8
million mobile and 1.65 fixed line connections.
the last fiscal, about 5,83,000 users surrendered their fixed line connections,
but the number of mobile subscribers rose by about 10.1 million. The net addition
of subscribers was 9.5 million.
has a market share of 82.84 per cent in fixed line connections with 35.963 million
users, and 15.5 per cent share in cellular services with 29.34 million customers.