Friday, March 30, 2018

BSNL to invest about Rs 43 bn for network expansion in 2018-19: Report

STATE-owned Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) will invest about Rs 43 billion to expand the network in 2018-19, and another Rs 50-60 billion is likely to be the utilised for government telecom projects. The investment of Rs 43 billion earmarked for BSNL's own expansion will primarily go into strengthening the mobile network, upgrading broadband...
infrastructure and strengthening the core network, its Chairman and Managing Director Anupam Shrivastava said.
"Rs 50 to 60 billion will be spent on the government projects like Bharat Net, Network for Spectrum, the Comprehensive Telecom Development Plan for North East, as well as boosting connectivity to Andaman with optical fibre network, and others," he said.
Other government projects that BSNL is executing include providing bandwidth to Lakshadweep Islands, and connecting remote areas of Arunachal Pradesh, 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 the 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 the telecom regulator, BSNL had 9.40 per cent share of mobile services market as on January 31 and had added 396,000 customers during that month.
Meanwhile, Tejas Networks won an expansion order of Rs 336 crores from BSNL for BharatNet. In an interview to a TV channel, Sanjay Nayak, MD & CEO of Tejas Networks disclosed this.
“This order is for BharatNet project. Part of it will be completing of the additional stuff on phase-I and part of the order is for the phase-II. We do expect to have lot more orders during the next fiscal,” he said.
“This order should get executed in the next one-two quarters because the project is on fast track because the government wants to get this BharatNet phase-II off the blocks very quickly,” he added.
“We should continue to see healthy margins on this order,” said Nayak.

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