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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

BSNL Latest News by Ashok Hindocha M-09426201999

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Shri Rakesh Kumar Upadhyay, joins as Chairman and Managing Director, BSNL



New Delhi, 2nd May ’2011: With a vision that brings leadership of a seasoned telecom technocrat, Shri R K Upadhyay, CMD, TCIL took over the charge as Chairman and Managing Director, BSNL, the largest telecom operator in the country on 30th April, 2011.



Shri Rakesh Kumar Upadhyay is an officer of 1975 Batch of Indian Telecom Services. He obtained B.Tech (Electronics) Degree from I.T. Banaras Hindu University in 1974 and MBA (Marketing Management) degree from Indira Gandhi Open University. He is also a graduate of

Defence Staff Services College (DSSC) Wellington and was awarded M.Sc (D.S.) Degree by Madras University. He has successfully worked in Department of Telecommunications from August 1975 to July 1996 in the areas of Planning, Installation and Commissioning, Commercial administration and operations. While on deputation to TCIL during October 1996 to August 1999, he successfully worked in the foreign projects as Project Director, Sana’a and General Manager, Yemen.



After a stint from Jan.’2000 to Jun.’2003 in BSNL as General Manager Jammu & Kashmir Telecom Circle he joined TCIL again on deputation in June 2003. After joining TCIL, he successfully worked as a Chief Project Director, Algeria, Group General Manager (New Technology) and Executive Director (Project Monitoring) and other important assignments. He has got rich experience in the fields of Planning, Projects, Operation and Business Development. He took the charge of Director (Projects) w.e.f. 1st Nov.’2005 and subsequently took the charge of Chairman and Managing Director on 1st March 2007



Commenting on his joining, Shri R K Upadhyay , CMD, BSNL, said “After a good old journey of more than three decades in the telecom industry, I am privileged and humbled to take the responsibilities of BSNL. A great challenge lies ahead of us and I am sure we will meet every challenge with determination”.



March 2011:



New Delhi, 1st March, 2011:



Shri S.C. Misra, ITS takes over additional charge of Chairman and Managing Director, BSNL



New Delhi, 1st March ’2011: With a vision that brings leadership of a seasoned telecom technocrat Shri S.C Misra, Member (Services), Telecom Commission & Ex-Officio Secretary to the Government of India today took over the additional charge of BSNL Chairman and Managing Director till a full-time CMD is finalised for the largest telecom operator of the country.



Born on 10th July 1954, Shri Misra belongs to the Indian Telecommunication Service (1975 batch) and holds M.Tech Degree in Electronics Engineering. Moreover with an extensive and rich experience spanning more than 34 years of varied and rich experience in Installation, Operation, Maintenance & Administration of telecom systems of traditional as well as New Technologies, Shri S.C Mishra happens to be an ideal choice for taking the additional responsibility.



As Member (Services), Telecom Commission – the Apex body for formulation and implementation of telecom policy in the country – Shri Misra is responsible for policy issues brought before the Telecom Commission, cadre management related issues of Indian Telecommunication Service (ITS) Group ‘A’ and ‘B’ technical cadres, Vigilance Administration and public grievance redressal machinery of Department of Telecommunications and the administrative aspects linked with PSUs like TCIL, ITI etc. He also worked as Head of Telephone Installation project for country as a whole in Yemen Arab Republic. Shri S.C Misra also traveled to a number of countries as leader of Indian delegation as well as member of team in International Telecom organizations like ITU, ITSO, APT etc.



Commenting on his joining, Shri S.C Misra , CMD, BSNL, said “After a good old journey of more than three decades in the telecom industry, I am privileged and humbled to take additional responsibilities of BSNL.. A great challenge lies ahead of us and I am sure we will meet every challenge with determination”.







january 2011 :



New Delhi, 20th January, 2011:



BSNL launches MNP Tariff offer for Prepaid Customer & Post paid customers (2G & 3G)



New Delhi, 20 th January, 2011 : : Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL), India's leading telecom service provider today announced that it has launched MNP (Mobile Number Portability)special Tariff offer for its2G and 3G prepaid & post paid customers. The advantage of MNP offer is to provide the best talk time to customers moving to BSNL.



No Port in charges shall be levied to customers moving to BSNL. Besides this the SIM card for 2G/3G shall be provided free of cost, along with an additional talk value of Rs 100 for prepaid customers. These freebies will be provided in addition to the normal free talk value associated with FRC. Moreover, along with this 5GB GPRS/3G will be free of charge for one month. The post paid customers moving to BSNL shall also have 50% rebate on the first month charges besides free SIM and waiver of Port in charge.



.Launching the MNP, Shri Gopal Das, Chairman & Managing Director (CMD), BSNL said, “The aim of this initiative is to provide the best value to the customers so that they enjoy the BSNL services spread over the entire country. BSNL has the strongest brand proposition, superior network quality, innovative and differentiated products and services and greater transparency in billing.”



BSNL has the largest 3G coverage in India covering about 700 cities and also has widest 2G coverage in every nook and corner of the country. It is hoped that customers shall avail the attractive value proposition of BSNL 3G data and GPRS Plans. The customers having a landline telephone shall benefit from the popular “Pyari Jodi” scheme of BSNL where calls from the Mobile to BSNL landline are free in the service area. All the Customers porting into BSNL network shall have the option of availing all 3G facilities. The fixed monthly charges for 3G post paid customers are same as that of 2G customers. Thus it is a great opportunity for the customers to move to BSNL with2G number and avail the BSNL 3G network.



January 2011 :



New Delhi, 24th January, 2011:



New Delhi, 24th January, 2011 :BSNL today announced it will offer dedicated iPad price plans for iPad with Wi-Fi + 3G in the coming weeks. iPad allows users to connect with their apps and content in a more intimate, intuitive and fun way than ever before. Users can browse the web, read and send email,enjoy and share photos, watch HD videos, listen to music, play games, read ebooks and much more, all using iPad's revolutionary Multi-Touch user interface.



visit www.apple. com/ipad/ .”



January 2011 :



New Delhi, 27th January, 2011:







BSNL Announces Data Plans for iPad with Wi-Fi + 3G in India



NEW DELHI – January 27, 2011 – BSNL today announced it will offer dedicated data plans for iPad with Wi-Fi + 3G in India beginning January 28, 2011. All data plans will be available without a contract, providing the freedom to activate or cancel a plan at any time.



iPad allows users to connect with their apps and content in a more intimate, intuitive and fun way than ever before. Users can browse the web, read and send email, enjoy and share photos, watch HD videos, listen to music, play games, read ebooks and much more, all using iPad's revolutionary Multi-Touch user interface. iPad with Wi-Fi + 3G models are just 0.5 inches thick and weigh just 1.6 pounds—thinner and lighter than any laptop or netbook—and deliver up to 10 hours of battery life for surfing the web on Wi-Fi, watching videos or listening to music, and up to nine hours of surfing the web using a 3G data network.*



“We are thrilled to provide data plans for iPad in India,” said Shri Gopal Das, CMD, BSNL. “Our customized plan for iPad users will ensure users experience the best 3G and data services while enjoying iPad on BSNL's high-speed network.”



For further information on iPad data plans or to register interest please visit www.bsnl.co.in.



For more information about iPad please visit www.apple.com/ipad.



*Battery life depends on device settings, usage and other factors. Actual results vary.”



December 2010 :



New Delhi, 10th December, 2010:



New Year Bonanza for BSNL Subscribers



~ No activation charges & free talk value for CDMA Mobile customers ~



~ Fixed Wireless phone subscribers get to choose their own plan ~



New Delhi, December 10, 2010: Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) , India's largest integrated telecom service provider has ushered in the New Year with the launch of special promotional schemes for its customers across its range of services. These include subscribers of CDMA Mobile and Fixed Wireless phones as well as those of Data Cards.



The CDMA Mobile customers of BSNL get a double bonanza with no activation charges as well as the SIM free of cost. On activation, customers will also get Rs.20 free talk value and a validity of 30 days. The customers can call from BSNL CDMA Mobile to any one BSNL Landline or Mobile Free. Besides this, customers get Double Talk Time on Top Up /Flex Exxit Top Up as along with Full Talk Time on all Recharge Vouchers.



BSNL has a special gift for its esteemed Fixed Wireless phone subscribers. By Paying Rs.900, subscribers get one fixed wireless phone and talk time worth Rs.1800. Apart from this they get Double Talk Time on Top Up/Flexi t Top Up as well as Talk Time on all Recharge Vouchers.



Additionally, the Fixed Wireless phone subscribers can choose their own plan. By paying Rs.40, they can call at one paisa per second anywhere in India for one year. Similarly, by paying Rs.30, subscribers can call at 40 paise per minute anywhere in India for a year. What's more, by paying just Rs.150 subscribers can make unlimited local calls on BSNL Landline, Mobile and WLL free of cost for a month. A similar offer is also available for a year by paying just Rs.1500.



BSNL has also offered special schemes for subscribers of 1X and EVDO Data CARD. Subscribers can avail High Speed Internet up to 3.1 Mbps @Rs.750 per month and up to 144 Kbps @350 per month with all India roaming.



On the launch of the promotional scheme, Shri Gopal Das, Chairman & Managing Director BSNL said, “As we welcome 2011, we at BSNL want to treat our subscribers with some smart yet easy-on-the-pocket kind of schemes. The aim of this promotional exercise is to bring a large number of our valued customers to actively use and experience our entire bouquet of services. BSNL is one of the top CDMA service providers in the country and with these schemes we want to lure more customers and in the bargain retain our leading position.”



November 2010 :



New Delhi, 30th November, 2010:



BSNL MAKES PAN INDIA LOCAL FOR ITS FIXED LINE CUSTOMERS



STD Pulse is now 180 sec (same as local) anywhere in India



As part of its endeavor to provide affordable telecom services to customers, BSNL, the dominant fixed line operator of the country, has slashed STD Call charges from its Fixed Line phones to any Fixed Line phone of any network to Local Call rates w.e.f. 1 st December 2010. Calls from BSNL Fixed Line (Landline as well as WLL) to any Fixed Line phone (BSNL’s as well as other networks having less than 10 digit numbers) throughout India will have same charges with three minute pulse rate. Consequently the customers will now be able to talk for three minutes in one call unit charge, which varies from 80 paise to Rs 1.20 depending upon the tariff plan.



With distinctive clear voice, no call drops and uninterrupted speech, landline customers can now make long conversations across India without paying any extra STD charges.



This facility will be automatically available to all the Fixed Line Customers of all tariff plans. The customers already availing dynamic locking facility will continue to avail the same and can bar STD (Level 0) calls, if they so desire. The revised call charges will, however, not be applicable to PCO’s and for calls to special services (i.e. Level-1 services). With this long distance calls from BSNL Fixed Line to any Fixed Line Customers have now become cheaper than that of mobile.



New Delhi, 4th November, 2010:



Shri Sachin Pilot, the Union Minister of state for Communications and Information Technology, today launched a Unique plan PYARI JODI along with special discounts for 3G data card ,on the auspicious occasion ofDiwali.



-> Free Mobile Connection for BSNL landline customers this Diwali

-> Free home calling facility from mobile to landline

-> Scheme to increase boost both landline and mobile business





New Delhi,November 4, 2010: Shri Sachin Pilot, the Union Minister of state for Communications and Information Technology, today launched a Unique plan “PYARI JODI” combining Landline and Mobile Services of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), on the auspicious occasion of Diwali. The landline customers of BSNL can now take a free SIM card and can make unlimited free local calls to his/her landline/WLL number.



In addition, the customers can also call two BSNL Local numbers at a reduced rate of 20p per minute and one BSNL number anywhere in India at a reduced rate of 30p per minute, without paying any additional monthly charges. On activation, customer will also get Rs.15 talk value, 1000 Local SMS, 1000 National SMS and 1000 MB data free.



Launching the promotional scheme, Shri Sachin Pilot said, “The aim of this promotional plan “PYARI JODI” is not only to boost mobile business of BSNL, but also arrest steep decline in the landline business. This is consistent with the role of BSNL as the truly national telecom provider with the core philosophy of connecting all parts of the nation”





The Minister has also launched special festive offers for BSNL 3G customers wherein all new 3G activation will get one week unlimited data download free in addition to normal freebies. In this festive offer the price of 3G Data Card has been slashed from Rs.2500 to Rs.2000 and 3G data vouchers are also offered at a discount. Further, BSNL customers can now explore the BSNL 3G unlimited data facility by paying Rs.4200 for six months which comes to Rs.700 per month. Besides this, low denomination 3G data experience packs of one day, 3 days and 7 days are also introduced. Full talk value on all top-up vouchers is also offered to BSNL customer during this festive season.



Shri Gopal Das, Chairman & Managing Director BSNL further added, “The key differentiator for 3G vis-à-vis 2G service is that 3G services bring high quality voice services to its discerning customers along with high speed data and video service. With the newly revised affordable 3G tariff plan and reduced data card price of Rs.2000, BSNL is now also inviting the common man to avail the 3G service facilities.



The Minister said that BSNL has achieved substantial growth in mobile services by adding 22.89 lakh customers in August, 2010 23.41 lakh customer in the month of September, 2010 and 25 lakh customers in the month of October, 2010. He directed BSNL to maintain and even better the growth trends in the coming months also by introducing such attractive offers. He added that the quality of services offered by BSNL would continue to be closely monitored.



October 2010 :



New Delhi, 26th October, 2010:



BSNL Announces the Prestigious “Bharat Sanchar Seva Padak Awards”- 2010



Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL), India’s leading telecom service provider today announced the most prestigious telecom awards the “Bharat Sanchar Seva Padak” for the year 2010 at a function organized at the FICCI Auditorium in New Delhi today. Hon’ble Minister for Communications & IT, Thiru A. Raja presented the Bharat Sanchar Seva Padak Awards to BSNL employees’ at a glittering ceremony. The winners were awarded for outstanding individual’s contribution in providing telecom services to BSNL customers. Shri Gurudas Kamat, Hon’ble Minister of State for Communication & IT, Shri Sachin Pilot, Hon’ble Minister of State for Communication & IT, Shri R Chandrashekhar, Chairman, Telecom Commission & Secretary, Department of Telecommuication & Shri Gopal Das, CMD BSNL, graced the occasion.



The name of National Awards which were earlier known as Sanhar Dhoot/Ati Vishisht Sanchar Seva Padak has been changed to Bharat Sanchar Seva Padak Awards*earlier called Bharat Sanchar Doot/Ati Vishisht Sanchar Seva Padak awards. The name of the national award has been changed to Bharat Sanchar Seva Padak awards from year 2007 onwards. This award scheme was constituted in the year 1984 with an aim to recognize outstanding performance, dedication and devotion to duty and to encourage healthy competition at national level among the employees. Non-executive and executive employees of all circles/units of BSNL are eligible to receive these awards. For the year 2010 the winners of these awards are:







Sl.No





Category





Name of the official/officer





Designation

Name of Circles/distt



Non Executive Category





1

Category-I

L.Subramaniyam

Telephone Mechanic

Tamil Nadu



2

Category-II

G.Rabi Kumar

Sr. Telecom Office Assitant(General)

Orrisa



3

Category-III

Venkatesh G

Telecom Tehnical Assistant

Karnataka



4

Category- IV

Sandeep G

Group D

Karnatka



Executive Category





5

Ex-Category-I

S. Lakshman Kumar

Sub-Divisional Engineer

STR Chennai



6

Ex-Category-II

Ashutosh Jain

Deputy General Manager

Haryana





*Each Bharat Sanchar Seva Padak Awards carries cash award of Rs.1 lakh, a 100gms Silver Medal and a Citation.



Best Maintained Telephone System Award** is decided on the basis of the performance of the Telephone System. The Telecom Systems scoring the highest Quality of Telephone Service Score (QOTS) in different categories of lines are shortlisted. The following telephone system stations are selected for award for the year 2010.



Sl.No

Category

Station



1

Best Maintained Telephone System Above 1,50,000 lines

Bangalore (Karnataka)



2

Best Maintained Telephone System having 50,000 lines and more and up to 1,50,000 lines

Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh)



3

Best Maintained Telephone System having less than 50,000 lines

Pondicherry (TN)





** Each award carries a trophy and certificate for Best Maintained Telephone System for basic services



Best Customer Service Centre Award is given for recognition in the area of customer service in the changed scenario after formation of BSNL. The award is given in the form of a trophy and a certificate for providing the excellent services in commercial, customer service and public relation service to the customers. The award for the year 2010 was awarded to the Customer Service Centre at Trichy in Tamilnadu Telecom Circle as the Best Customer Service Centre Award, 2010.



All awardees are also eligible for travel anywhere in India with family with ten days of casual leave within 30th September of next calendar year.



The award function was also attended by senior officers of DOT, BSNL, MTNL and other important dignitaries of the town. The function came to a end with the vote of thanks from Shri R.K Aggarwal, Director, Consumer Mobility, BSNL.











New Delhi, 7th October, 2010:



~ The special drive is for recruitment of Junior Telecom Officers ~



~ BSNL promotes itself as an ‘equal opportunity' employer ~



India's largest integrated telecom service provider has initiated a Special Recruitment Drive for recruitment of Junior Telecom Officers (JTOs) from Person with Disabilities (PWD). With this special drive, BSNL plans to fill up close to 213 vacancies in different streams like Telecom, Civil and Electrical.



Speaking on the Special Recruitment Drive , Shri Gopal Das, Chairman & Managing Director BSNL said, “BSNL has always been an equal opportunity employer and has recruited employees from across various social strata. Women and persons with disabilities also are treated at par in BSNL.”



The recruitment will be through an Open Competitive Examination. BSNL comprises of 27 Recruitment Circles and these circles are in the process of filling up of backlog vacancies reserved for PWD.



September 2010:



New Delhi, 22nd September, 2010: The forthcoming BSNL Dil Ka Darbar being organised by Heart Care Foundation of India, to earmark World Heart day, on Sunday 26th September at Maulana Azad Medical College Auditorium will have a special focus on women and sudden cardiac death.



Addressing a press conference here today Dr. K K Aggarwal, President, Heart Care Foundation of India and BSNL Dil Ka Darbar, and Dr Aparna Jaiswal, Sr. Cardiologist, Escorts Heart Hospital, said that heart disease kills more women than all cancers combined in women including breast cancer. Normally, women are not supposed to get heart attack before menopause but the ratio now a days, is 40:60 indicating a faulty lifestyle amongst women.



Being an Indian woman, is a risk factor for heart attack. A study from UK had shown that Indian women are 17% more prone to get heart attack than a local UK women. Indian women are more prone to develops obesity, fatty liver, diabetes and insulin resistance.



Earlier women used to prevent heart attack by indulging into regular walks, skipping, dancing and games like Kikli at ceremonies but now, most women are living a faulty lifestyle indulging into both active and passive smoking, having late nights with faulty diet heavy in white sugar, white maida and white rice.



Heart attack in women is more serious, more fatal and less attended to. Chances of women undergoing angioplasty or bypass surgery are also less than that of any man.



Star attraction of the press conference was the presence of renowned Bharatnatyam exponent Padma Shri Ms Geeta Chandran who laid stress on the danger of heart diseases on women. She said that smoking boosts the risk of stroke and that dancers cannot perform if they smoke.



Formula of 10 released

In cardiac arres one should rememebr the formula of ten " dus minute ke ander, dus minute tak, apni chaati peetne ke badle, marij ki chaati 100 per minute ki speed se peeto". The formula was released by Padma Shri Geeta Chandran.



Free check ups at Darbar



Free ECG, consultation, lipid profile and other blood tests will be available at the Darbar. Heart drugs can be purchased at 50% of the cost and special cardiac blood tests will also be available at 50% of the cost. Angiography facilities will be available at Rs 6999/- for the needy.



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New Delhi, 10th September, 2010: Internet Services of BSNL customers is likely to be partially affected from 11 th to 17 th September, 2010 for few hours in a day due to repairing of a faulty submarine optical fiber cable between India and Singapore. Efforts are being made to reduce the impact of the fault on the services by making alternate arrangements.



New Delhi, 8th September, 2010: BSNL has provided special content with deep discount on the occasion of Ganesha Chaturthi. The content is available at ‘BSNL LiVE portal under Ganesha Zone. These contents are available from 8 th Sept 10 till 30 th Sept 10.The details of the packs available as below:



• Pack of 10 Ganesha Audios@ ` 30



• wallpaper of Gajanana/ Balchandra/ Bhupati etc @ ` 10 (free wallpaper -2)



• Ganesha Videos- Om Ganganpataya Namah / Jai Ganesha etc. @ ` 5



• Ganesha Movie- Bal Ganesha@ `2 5



• Ganesha Audios @ ` 5







Though normally rate of songs is ` 15 and video is ` 20 however in view of this festival the special content is being provided at deep discounted rate as mentioned above







New Delhi, 3rd September, 2010 : BSNL and RailTel has signed an MoU in the presence of Shri Gopal Das , CMD BSNL, Board Directors Sh.R.K.Agarwal, Director(Consumer Mobility & Enterprise) Shri Rajesh Wadhwa, Director (CFA), and Board Director of RailTel Shri Rajiv Sinha, RailTel today on 03.09.2010.



This MOU facilitates execution of various projects of national importance such as Defence, ERP (Enterprise Resources Planning), NKN (National Knowledge base Network) etc, through sharing of their communication infrastructure.



It is envisaged, with the above arrangement, both PSUs will implement govt’s various Pan India, IT/Telecom projects. This MOU is for 3 years which can be extendable.



As a first step, sharing of OFC resources such as dark fibres and bandwidth between BSNL and RailTel is being taken up with this MOU.







July 2010:



New Delhi, 31st July, 2010: After being at the helm of BSNL for 3 years, Shri Kuldeep Goyal CMD, BSNL demits office today. During this period, a number of initiatives were started for setting the BSNL on a path of growth to regain its numero-uno position in the telecom space.



Restructuring of Business

Shri Kuldeep Goyal has been a great force in restructuring the ancient work style of BSNL with his aptitude for business and administration. It was only during his tenure that the innovative Project SHIKHAR that spanned across three main facets – defining shared aspiration for BSNL; developing an overall strategic agenda across its key businesses to achieve the aspiration; and redesigning the organisation structure to materialize the change, was exercised.

Moreover, it was only during his innings that BSNL had come up with the following set of strategies that encored the success and mission of the company in sync with the vision drafted for:



Defined a four pronged strategy for BSNL, focussing on four core growth engines – Fixed Line, Mobile, Enterprise and New Businesses.



Devised an Enterprise strategy that focussed on targeting corporate customers through unique and differentiated solutions through dedicated Key Account Management sales teams and channel partners.



Business unit-wise distinct vertical structure has been implemented across the organization and interim structure completed in the Corporate Office, Circles and SSAs by mapping existing executives in the new roles.



Key Performance Indicators (KPI)-based Performance Management System (PMS) was introduced for measuring and rewarding performance at various levels. Group PMS rewards an entire eligible group based on group performance. Scorecards for most units of Corporate Office and territorial Circles were finalized. Similarly, Field PMS will cover field staff involved in sales, Customer Service Centers, Exchanges and mobile operations.

Organisation Restructuring



In order to implement this business strategy effectively, the organizational structure was redesigned around four business units – Consumer Fixed Access, Consumer Mobility, Enterprise and New Businesses. These business units perform all critical functions such as business planning, product development, marketing & sales, customer service, network planning & operations. The aim was to build focus on each of the core businesses and create end to end accountability for their performance. All this is aimed at making BSNL more capable to thrive in a very competitive market place.



Establishing Efficient IT Processes



A number of initiatives were taken for implementation of IT tools.



CDR based IT system has been implemented for the wireline business which has got the following modules:



CRM (Customer Relationship Management)



Provisioning

Billing

Accounting

Revenue Assurance

Fraud Management

Directory Enquiry

Same has already been implemented for 120 SSAs (Telecom Districts), out of total of 334 in the country.



Entrepreneur Resource Planning (ERP) is being implemented with modules for



Finance & Management Accounting,

Materials & Inventory Management including E-procurement

Plant & Equipment maintenance

Human Resource Management & Administration

Sales & Distribution

Project Management

Real Estate & Telecom Infrastructure Management

Production Management, Supply Chain Management & Quality Management

Business Information System, Business Intelligence & Analytics

Enterprise Strategy Management

Enterprise Portal

Development for this work has already been completed and now roll out for the same is starting. This will completely transform the way the BSNL conducts its business. Internet Data Centres are also being established in 10 locations on revenue share basis to provide services like co-location, hosting, managed services, Firewall, intrusion detection, Backup, Database solution, storage etc.



Setting up Sales & Distribution Network



Shri Kuldeep Goyal took initiative for creating a customer focused organization with excellence in sales, marketing and customer care. In this direction, teams of sales executives in each business verticals have been created and almost 10,000 people have been redeployed and trained for sales activities.



Deployment of New Technologies



On the technology front also, BSNL has already started 3 G services in more than 450 cities with customer base 1.5 million providing services such as:



Video calling & Video conferencing

TV channels and Video On-demand

Movie downloads

Song downloads

Multiplayer Gaming

WIMAX services have also been started to provide high speed connectivity especially to the rural areas for government initiatives such as connecting 100,000 common service centres.



With all these steps being taken, BSNL is already set on the path where it can regain its past glory.



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New Delhi, 30th July, 2010: The Board of Directors of BSNL in its meeting held on 30th July 2010, has adopted the audited Annual accounts of BSNL for the financial year 2009-10. During the financial year BSNL has posted a loss (after Tax) of Rs. 1822.65 crore. The loss has occurred due to reduction in revenue, increase in expenditure etc. BSNL has earned a revenue of Rs. 32,045.41 crore in 2009-10 which is 10.4% less in comparison to previous financial year on account of drastic reduction in tariff, fierce competition as well as decline in fixed wire line connection due to preference of the subscribers for mobile. However, BSNL has registered a continuous growth in Broadband segment and in the current year there is an increase in revenue to the tune of Rs. 795 crore from Rs. 1690 crore to Rs. 2485 crore which is 47% more than that of last financial year. The current year expenditure has been increased on account of wage revision of the employees with effect from 01.01.2007 as well as amortization of one time spectrum fee for 3G & BWA service. The wage revision has alone caused an additional expenditure of Rs.2900 over the previous year on account of payment of arrears for the period from 01.01.2007 to 31.03.2010. Had the wage revision expenditure not been there, the company would have recorded a Profit Before Tax to the tune of Rs.703 Crore.



New Delhi, 22nd July, 2010: Sachin Pilot, Hon’ble Union Minister of State for Communications and IT inaugurates new CDMA 2000 1X Mobile Switching Centre of BSNL at Aizawl. Hon’ble MOSC&IT launches the wireless broadband service based on EVDO technology in a programme held in the I&PR Hall on 22 July,2010 in the capital city . Sri Pilot also announces introduction of Wi-MAX based Broadband services in Mizoram in the same programme.

Phone services based on CDMA technology , popularly known as WLL, is operational in Mizoram for nearly five years. This service offers internet access at the maximum speed of 144Kbps. Implementation of EVDO technology on the same CDMA BTSs has opened the door to the Broadband wireless access. Initially the BTSs in Aizawl and Lunglei are being enabled with the EVDO capability which allows a maximum download speed of 3.1 Mbps. There is plan to upgrade all the CDMA BTSs in the state to EVDO capability in future. EVDO customers can have the roaming facility as well. Easy to use USB EVDO modems will give a comfortable Broadband experience. EVDO USB Modems are priced at Rs.2500 each. Customers have the option to take the USB EVDO modem on hire , instead of purchasing outright, at a monthly payment of Rs.200. Unlimited BB access through EVDO is offered at a fixed monthly charge of Rs.750/-. Prepaid BB access will also be available shortly. The prepaid account will be offered to the customer with an initial usage value worth Rs.399.00. Access charges over prepaid are 5 paisa per 100KB ( 7AM to 11PM) and 2.5 paisa per 100KB ( 11PM to 7AM).



Govt. of India with the objective of making all the Govt. services available at the doorstep of the citizens is encouraging the State Govts to establish the Common Service Centres as the service delivery points. These CSCs have to have Broadband connectivity to be enabled to deliver the services. 136 nos. of CSCs will be set up in Mizoram. These CSCs will be provided with Broadband connectivity not only from the landline exchanges but also Broadband wireless access through Wi-MAX BTSs. Mizoram is starting with 4 nos. of Wi-MAX BTSs in the rural areas. 39 more BTSs have planned to be added to the network in the second phase. The objective is to cover all the blocks by middle of 2011. WiMAX sevice shall be available for Rs 220/- Monthly rental with 400 MB free, Rs 350/- Monthly rental with 1 GB free,Rs 750/- Monthly rental with 4 GB free, Beyond free limit, Rs 0.80/- per MB of downloading shall be charged. Home unlimited plan with 512 Kbps shall be available on monthly rental of Rs 999/-. The WiMAX CPEs shall be available on monthly rent of Rs. 50/- from BSNL.



New Delhi, 22nd July, 2010 -Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), India’s largest integrated telecom service provider today announced the National Launch of service of BSNL bill payment and mobile top-up through mobile/Union Bank of India (UBI) ATMs. At the launch of the service, Shri Kuldeep Goyal, CMD, BSNL and Shri M.V. Nair, CMD, UBI emphasized that the service is the latest convenience offering for the common customers of UBI & BSNL, using the ubiquitous cell phone & ATMs. The salient features of the scheme are as under: -



1.Bill payment through Mobile

UBI account holders, after one time registration of BSNL mobile number through mobile, makes payment of BSNL bill using the mobile phone any time, anywhere.



2.Mobile Top-up through Mobile

Common customers of BSNL and UBI top-up their mobile through the registered mobile any time, anywhere.



3.Bill Payment at ATM

No pre-registration required; customer uses his UBI Debit card & makes payment of BSNL bill, any time, anywhere through UBI ATM and gets a receipt.



4.Mobile Top-up through ATM

Without any pre-registration, customer uses his UBI Debit card to top-up BSNL Pre-paid Card, any time, anywhere through UBI ATM and gets a receipt.



The subscribers need not visit BSNL counters to pay BSNL bills or top-up their prepaid cards.



These services are in addition to the existing channels of bill payment/re-charge available to the customers of BSNL which include payment through BSNL CSCs, BSNL Portal, Debit/Credit Cards, Automated payment machines, ECS, post offices, bank counters etc.



New Delhi, 8th July, 2010 - The Union Minister of State for Communications and Information Technology Sh. Sachin Pilot along with Shri Kuldeep Goyal, CMD BSNL launched BSNL’s mobile services at Holy Amarnath cave today. The Minister made the first call to Sh. N.N. Vohra, Governor of Jammu and Kashmir, from the Holy cave. The Yatra route, thus far not served by any telecom operator, would enjoy telecom services for the first time. The Minister expressed his gratitude to the Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir Sh. Omar Abdullah and the state administration for providing the required government support. He also thanked Shri Amarnath Shrine Board for their efforts and said that BSNL had risen well to challenging task of providing connectivity to the shrine which is situated at a height of 13,500 ft. Eleven towers have been put up at Baltal-I, Baltal-II, Baltal Base Camp, Noonwan, Lakipora, Betab Valley, Domail, Sangam/Holi Cave, Panchtarni, Chandanwari & Chandanwari Base Camp – of which some are on motorable road some are on pony track.

The Minister said it has been the endeavor of the BSNL to provide telephone services throughout the country, including rural, remote, inhospitable and geographically difficult areas. The service would be very useful to over 4 lakh pilgrims who visit the shrine every year, especially the old and the infirm who would like to stay connected to their families while undertaking the Yatra.

Connectivity here would also benefit local inhabitants, administration, and security forces, enabling them to stay in touch with each other and facilitate people living in and visiting the area.

The Minister said that Department of Telecom would continue to improve infrastructure and services in Jammu and Kashmir. At present, BSNL has 8.72 lakh mobile connections in Jammu & Kashmir. BSNL has 1299 mobile towers through which it is offering mobile services to the people of Jammu and Kashmir as well as to visitors to the State. BSNL provides connectivity to 95.22% of National Highways passing through Jammu & Kashmir, 73.32% of the State Highways and 100% railway routes. 284 more towers will be installed in the State in 2010-11 to ensure smooth and widespread coverage. Out of 6471 inhabited villages in the State, 5994 villages have already been provided with Village Public Telephones. The rest will be connected on a fast track.



June 2010:



New Delhi, 4th June, 2010 - Background : BSNL (Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited) is rolling out 3G network and related services across India. To publicize and create awareness at mass level and to strengthen it’s brand presence ‘BSNL 3G branded Rajdhani Trains’ are being launched in association with Indian Railways and Peacock Media.

Event : Launch of BSNL Chennai Rajdhani from Hazrat Nizamuddin Station on 4 th June 2010 at 4.00 PM by Shri Kuldeep Goyal, CMD, BSNL.

As we all know Rajdhani Trains traverse and connect all State Capitals of the country with National capital Delhi. These Rajdhani trains offer immense reach with high impact and hence an ideal advertising medium to reach out to passengers in platforms and en-route audience effectively. Rajdhani travelers fall under high affordability profile of consumers and hence strategically placed internal media engages them during the long duration of journey.

BSNL will take care for up-gradation, cleaning and maintenance of Rajdhani trains, which will also add on to CSR activity and to establish its BSNL3G brand in the mindset of people.

BSNL has done a full train external vinyl wrap for the first time in India including internal media for captive visibility.

This is a massive campaign in terms of visual area as well, since as much as 25,000 square feet of BSNL advertisement creative would be wrapped onto Rajdhani Express with a special quality vinyl approved by RDSO.

The medium deliveries are 85,000 per day eye balls assured through the external vinyl wrap, while internal medias are consumed by approx 1500 passengers per day. There are approx 350 Panels, 200 Table Tops and 400 Brochure Holders inside one train, along with audio jingles, announcements, contest and activation by in-train promoters which would create a great impact and engaging communication for the brand BSNL and its services. The CSR imagery of BSNL would also gain strength because of the upgraded services experienced by the travelers, including cleaning and maintenance which are viewed to be bought by the BSNL 3G brand.

What makes the medium unique is its high and impactful reach with long duration consumption in a receptive environment, with complete exclusivity for the Brand BSNL.

This 3 months campaign is expected to attract one and half crore eyeballs negotiating 34 locations across eleven states.

Routes being covered by this Rajdhani train are Delhi-Chennai, Delhi-Bangalore & Delhi-Trivandrum.

Another Rajdhani Train covering Delhi-Sealdah is also scheduled for launch shortly.

BSNL’s communication on this Rajdhani train is focused on 3G services and entices the consumer to ‘get ready for a faster life’ by eye catchy visuals on fast gaming, music download, online movie streaming, video calling, live TV and high speed internet services on the move.



May 2010:



Chennai, 18th May, 2010 - Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), India’s leading telecom player, for the first time in the country brings High quality Live TV, Video on Demand, Full Track music download, and Full Length Movie streaming for its 3G customers through its WAP portal ‘BSNL Live’. BSNL 3G Services which include 3.6 Mbps broadband, Video call & Mobile TV are now available in many cities of Northern and Eastern part of India viz. States of Punjab, J&K, Haryana, Himachal, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Utttarakhand, Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Orissa, Andaman & Nicobar and North Eastern States. More cities countrywide are planned to be covered progressively in next six months. BSNL is the first Telecom operator in India to launch 3G Services.

So far consumers had been watching Movies in Theaters, Cable TV, DTH & IPTV but Now BSNL brings to its 3G Mobile consumers another powerful medium for Movies to enhance their viewing experience with BSNL 3G Mobile through BSNL Portal ‘BSNL Live’. Now BSNL 3G consumers can watch movies Any Movie, Any time, Any where according to their own convenience just by visiting BSNL Portal ‘BSNL Live’.





Following services are being launched today – BSNL WAP Portal – ‘BSNL Live’ Movies Movies are provided through Video streaming services on demand. The movies are played in real time on customers mobile from ‘BSNL Live’ directly without first getting stored into their mobile; thus even the low memory storage facility handset can also watch the movies. The price of the movie will be upto Rs. 40 based on the type and length of movie. Big movies will be suitably divided in smaller segments of 20-30 minutes each for convenience of customers and the customer will be able to watch all segments one by one or in random manner within the specified time, which is 48 hours at present.

LIVE TV

Customers can enjoy more than 50 live channels on this portal, Channels include popular news, Entertainment, Music, Kids and Regional channels, Consumers also have flexibility of subscribing to channels on monthly, weekly and daily packs.

Videos

This is also called Video on demand service wherein video clips of 3-5 minutes (approx.) on an average are made available on demand. Consumers can download these videos from ‘BSNL Live’ using their BSNL mobile. Customers can choose choicest videos from the available huge library of video content at BSNL portal, ‘BSNL Live’. The categories of content vary from astrology, recipes/ cookery, entertainment, cricket to comics/ animation and Movie trailers. In addition to above, more and more categories of video clips will be added to suit every taste and choice. The price of individual videos may vary from Rs. 5 to Rs. 20 based on the type of video.

Music

Music has always been an integral part of Indian culture and BSNL takes it to a next level and provides its customers with the full track audio song downloads (MP3). A user can download music from big collection of music of various genre and languages through BSNL Live. So forget about visiting music stores for buying CDs and buy it online from BSNL Live and pay only for the song which you like instead of buying the whole CD. The price of a song is Rs. 15/-.

Games

Forget playing games on computers as the same can be played on your mobile. Many categories of games from simple to premium and branded games are available on BSNL Live. Download the games once and play anytime. The ‘BSNL Live’ ensures that user is given a game which is compatible with his/ her handset and can be played on it. Simple games can be played by any GSM Subscriber while Multimedia games are best suited for 3G Subscribers. The price of individual game may vary from Rs. 35 – Rs.100 based on the type of game.

Others :

Apart from above mentioned rich media content, regular mobile content like wallpapers, animations, ringtones are also available make BSNLlive a one stop shop for a subscriber seeking mobile entertainment

Video Portal:

Subscriber can directly access all streaming content like Live TV, Full Length Movie and Mobisode by making a video call to 51234 shortcode.



BSNL is committed to provide quality 3G services with rich contents to meet the desired level of satisfaction to our esteemed customers.







March 2010:



New Delhi, 29th March 2010 - Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) the largest broadband service provider of India has announced a number of free offerings for all new broadband customers who apply for landline based Broadband connection upto 31st March 2010. Freebies include free installation, free Broadband usage for first 15 days at speeds upto 2 Mbps, free music and video on demand, free games on demand and free Web conferencing services for 2 months. This will provide an opportunity to customers to experience surfing, watching fast moving games like cricket through streaming, playing interactive games and enjoying music and video of their choice on demand from a large library of contents completely free.

Further to enable its existing landline Broadband customers to taste higher speeds and enjoy fast moving virtually live games like cricket, it has DOUBLED THE SPEEDS for all its customers who have unlimited home usage plans with speeds in the bracket ranging from256 Kbps to 1 Mbps without any extra charge upto 26th April 2010.

BSNL has also released several new tariff plans, both for limited and unlimited usage, customized for different segments like home, enterprise, offices, business, institutions etc. BSNL is now offering the highest broadband speed upto 24 Mbps on wireline Broadband through VDSL technology. New tariff packages have unique combinations of free download, free calls and speed to meet requirements of everybody.

BSNL also offer high speed Broadband services through wireless (3G, EVDO)etc and Optic Fiber which is capable of providing super high speeds.

A unique Broadband Virtual Private Network (BBVPN) is also available for enterprise & Corporates. Details can be obtained from www.bsnl.co.in or by dialing call centre No. 1504 and also from BSNL’s own customer service centres established across the country.



New Delhi, 19th March 2010 - India’s largest integrated telecom service provider, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd. (BSNL), today announced strategic partnership with Fly Mobile, one of the pioneers in dual SIM phones in Europe and a brand owned by the Meridian Group, headquartered in UK to extend special offer on its wide range of dual-SIM phones for BSNL subscribers. This offer brings dual benefit to Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) subscribers.

Besides the fact that they would now own a world class dual-SIM phone at highly affordable prices, they’d also stand to gain Rs 150/- of free talk time over the period of three months. This attractive offer shall enable existing BSNL subscribers to either upgrade their handsets or go in for a second SIM while keeping their current mobile numbers active.

Shri Kuldeep Goyal, Chairman and Managing Director (CMD), BSNL, said, “This is yet another value-addition that we have introduced for our esteemed subscribers. More and more mobile phone users across the country are opting for a second SIM as their work and social communication demands are increasing by the day. This is a significant reason as to why the sale of dual-SIM phones is rising incessantly. We are very hopeful, that Fly being one of the more established dual-SIM mobile phone brands world over, shall make world class phones available to our customers in India as well.”

According to Shri Prem Kumar, Chief Executive Officer, Fly Mobile (India Operations), “We have a significant share of dual-SIM phone market in many countries across the world and we wish to emulate the same success in India as well. Our tie-up with BSNL for this special offer shall give us access to a very big market pan India. As a leading mobile phone brand globally, we are honoured and delighted to be associated with BSNL, one of the largest mobile service operators with a huge subscriber base.”

Fly Mobile has been able achieve price efficiency sans any compromise on features and style only because it has its own design and development facilities. Fly Mobile taps the pulse of the market and listen to what customers have to say by collecting feedback proactively. The requirements as well as aspirations of customers are then incorporated into its products.

Fly is offering a choice of six new and exciting dual-SIM models to BSNL subscribers. All Fly mobile phones models under this offer - DS100, DS150, V180 DS, Fly Circle (B430 DS), E106 and MC160 are sleek and stylish phones that are loaded with features and high on style but come at prices that are sure to make heads turn.

In fact, with E106 and MC160, Fly phone has broken the price barrier for touch phones in India. The E106 model is a full touch screen phone while the MC160 comes with a Yamaha chipset that would attract all music aficionados. And if you happen to be one of the avid social media network or messenger user, the Fly Circle (B430 DS) is a QWERTY keypad phone that has Nimbuzz (all-in-one messenger) and Snaptu (all-in-one social networking tool) loaded on to it such that you are always online with your professional contacts or friends.

Fly Mobile expects that the Indian market will need about 140-150 million handsets in 2010. This special offer shall be available for BSNL subscribers in Western UP circle initially and then extended to all other BSNL mobile circles across the country in the days to come. Besides the BSNL outlets, all six dual-SIM phone models shall be sold through Fly’s nation-wide network of over 17000 select mobile stores and channel partners in top 100 cities as well. Fly Mobile has recently invested adequate resources in firming up its sales and support infrastructure. It has over 340 after-sales service partners in India that take care of its customer support requirements. It is in fact the only organisation who started concept of loaner units in limited towns to provide the good after-sales service.



New Delhi, 18th March 2010 - Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), India’s largest integrated telecom service provider today announced the launch of a revolutionary broadband service, Fibre-To-The-Home, for the nation’s household. The attempt can be reasoned as a consequence to enhance the broadband services, for better connectivity of the households and businesses.

The FTTH service was inaugurated by Minister of State for Communications & IT, Mr. Sachin Pilot in the presence of BSNL CMD, Shri Kuldeep Goyal and CGM, BSNL Rajasthan circle, G K Agrawal, here on Saturday. While 68 buildings have already been provided fibre connectivity, work is in progress at about 200 buildings and complexes.

Though India has witnessed, some of the major technology advancements and changes, in last few years, accessibility of high performance broadband services, is still a major constraint that our government still attempts to battle out via the launch of the Optic Fibre Cable (OFC) network. With a budget as high as INR 18,000 Crore, the government is willing to extend its support arm for the deployment of over five lakh OFC network, in order to reach every gram pancayat.

The service, jointly launched by BSNL and AKSH Optifibre Ltd, will provide multiplay services with high definition content for its 35,000-plus consumers in six districts of Rajasthan namely, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Ajmer, Kota and Alwar.

Present at the occasion, Minister of State for Communications & IT, Mr. Sachin Pilot, said: “It gives me immense pleasure to unveil the utility set of controls for the prime set of customers, who can now via the FTTH technology, which is embedded with Gigabyte Passive Optical Technology, can enjoy superior video and data services.”

Also, adding on to the meat, CMD at BSNL, Shri Kuldeep Goyal, remarked, “Via the new launch of our FTTH service, BSNL brings to its consumers a Triple Play experience, that is, (Voice-Video-Data) for the first time in the history of India. The FTTH services include IPTV, HDTV, 3DTV, video conferencing, interactive gaming, video on demand, bandwidth on demand and several other value added services, setting a benchmark in the industry.”

The optic fibre technology is an advancement over the traditional copper-line, which is also known as the ‘last mile connectivity,' potent of delivering the world-class Triple Play experience.



February 2010:



New Delhi, 25th February 2010 - Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), a 100% Central Government PSU operating in the telecom services announced that all landline broadband customers getting registered from 16-02-2010 till 30-04-2010 will be able to enjoy free Games on Demand services, free Music & Video on demand service and free Web Conferencing services.

Under Games on Demand service, a customer can access a large number of games meant for all age groups. The customer can surf unlimited times and enjoy the games. Normally, BSNL charge Rs.200/- per month for this service. Under Video & music on demand, a customer can access internet portal bsnl.hungama.com where more than 60,000 digitized music albums and more than 2000 digitized video music albums are available which includes contents in Hindi, English and Regional Languages. The contents are available from bollywood, Hollywood, religious, etc.etc. The normal cost of this service is Rs.149/- per month. Under Web Conferencing services, customers can have a video conference using PC between broadband customers of BSNL. Under web conferencing, multiple people can have video conferencing simultaneously.

On this occasion, BSNL is also pleased to announce the waiver of broadband installation fee for all new customers till 31st March, 2010. In normal situation, BSNL charge Rs.250/- for broadband installation at the customer end.

BSNL has the largest and most steady broadband network in the country and offers broadband services in nearly 100% District Headquarters, 100% Taluka Headquarters, >85% Block Headquarters, more than 4,500 cities covering more than 1,00,000 villages.

BSNL also offer fixed line services, mobile services (both 2G and 3G services), Managed Network Services, leased line services, VSAT services, Corporate mailing service, Unique VPN between landline and mobile services etc. etc. BSNL with more than 95 million customer base is one of the largest telecom operators in the country with widest reach in landline, mobile and broadband network.



New Delhi, 23 rd February 2010 - Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited, a 100% Central Govt. PSU is happy to announce introduction of High Speed Broadband with speeds up to 24 Mbps. This high speed broadband is made available with Very high speed Digital Subscriber Loop (VDSL) Technology. 16Mbps & 24 Mbps broadband is made available across the country. This service is available at Limited Usage tariff plans with monthly charges of Rs.4999/- fro speeds up to 16 Mbps and Rs.9999/- for speeds up to 24 Mbps. High speed broadband is available to customers which are close to broadband exchange nodes. While 24 Mbps broadband will be available to customers up to around 500 meter cable route distance from the exchange, 16 Mbps broadband is available to customers up to around 1 Km. from the exchange.

To avail the service, customers can dial 1504 or 1800-464-1600 or visit www.bsnl.co.in or contact their nearer customer service centre.

BSNL is already offering broadband service with speeds ranging from 256 kbps up to 8 Mbps with most consistence speed performance. BSNL offers these services in both Limited and Unlimited tariff package. A large number of offerings are in combo package which also includes rent free land line connections and free voice calls. BSNL broadband services are available both in prepaid and post paid offerings.

BSNL offer its broadband services with several value added services like Games on Demand, music and video on demand, web conferencing, Virtual Private Network on BB, IPTV, Video Tutoring, Video Surveillance, Web Co-location, Web-hosting, etc.etc. At present, these services are available on pre-paid services.

BSNL has the largest and most steady broadband network in the country and offers broadband services in nearly 100% District Headquarters, 100% Taluka Headquarters, >85% Block Headquarters, more than 4,500 cities covering more than 1,00,000 villages.

BSNL also offer fixed line services, mobile services (both 2G and 3G services), Managed Network Services, leased line services, VSAT services, Corporate mailing service, Unique VPN between landline and mobile services etc. etc. BSNL with more than 95 million customer base is one of the largest telecom operators in the country with widest reach in landline, mobile and broadband network.



New Delhi: 11 th February, 2010 - Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), one of the largest Indian public sector units today introduced three new monthly BlackBerry® service plans for prepaid users in North, East and South Zone of BSNL. It has already launched the BlackBerry messaging & BlackBerry Social Networking Bundle in the post paid segment through the BSNL network The new service plans -- BlackBerry® Internet Bundle service plans, BlackBerry® Messaging Bundle service plans and BlackBerry® Social Networking Bundle service plans -- include unlimited data usage and offer customers the flexibility to choose from a range of services including BlackBerry® Email, instant messaging, social networking and Internet browsing.

BSNL has established itself as one of India’s leaders in wireless communication services with its strong pan India network and offerings. BlackBerry smartphone users will be empowered by the new choice in service plans from BSNL, which allow them to select the communication services that best suit their needs. The new plans aim to engage the broad market of users that includes from the younger generation to corporate executives.

Commenting on the launch, Shri Kuldeep Goyal, CMD, BSNL, said “BSNL's new service plans fill a void in the market; we are making it affordable and easy for customers to purchase BlackBerry smartphones and services.

“Our integrated plans for BlackBerry services are Extremely approachable and will be attractive to people who want connectivity at their fingertips.”

"BSNL has played an important role in fostering the adoption of BlackBerry smartphones among both consumers and business users in India. We believe that these attractive new service plans will now help expand the market opportunity for BlackBerry smartphones even further," said Frenny Bawa, Vice President, India, Research In Motion.



New BSNL service plans

Plan Details, included services*

Postpaid

(monthly in Rs.)

Prepaid

(monthly in Rs.)



BlackBerry® Messaging Bundle

Access to BlackBerry® Email (up to 10 supported accounts) and popular instant messaging (IM) services (Yahoo!® Messenger, Windows Live™ Messenger, Google Talk™ and BlackBerry® Messenger)

299

271



BlackBerry® Social Networking Bundle

Access to popular instant messaging services (including Yahoo! Messenger, Windows Live Messenger, Google Talk and BlackBerry Messenger) and social networking sites (Facebook®, Myspace®)

299

270



BlackBerry® Internet Bundle

BlackBerry Email (up to 10 supported accounts), access to popular instant messaging services ( Yahoo! Messenger, Windows Live Messenger, Google Talk and BlackBerry Messenger), social networking sites (Facebook, Myspace)and the Internet

999

898





* All service plans include unlimited data usage. Please contact BSNL for plan details, terms and conditions.



New Delhi: 05th February, 2010 - In less than one year, 3G service has been rolled out in 318 cities with 8.56 lakh subscribers. In the first phase of its roll out, BSNL has plans to cross 400 cities by 31st March and 760 cities by September 2010, which will cover all important cities across the country.

BSNL soft launched premium 3G service in Chennai on February 22, 2009. Commercial launch of the service commenced on February 27, 2009 in 11 selected cities in North & East Zones. Service has since been launched in South Zone also.

BSNL's present mobile customer base is 59.5 million and during the last two months average monthly addition has been 2 million connections. Recent media reports have been depicting BSNL losing ground to the competitors and sliding from 4th position to 6th position. The fact is that BSNL still holds 4th position in the wireless segment which can be corroborated from the report released by TRAI on 27th January, 2010. As per TRAI report for 31st December, 2009, customer base of top six wireless operators is:-



Position

OPERATOR POSITION

WIRELESS OPERATOR NO. OF CONNECTIONS



I

BHARTI (AIRTEL)

118,864,031



II

RELIANCE

93,795,613



III

VODAFONE

91,401,959



IV

BSNL

62,861,214



V

IDEA

57,611,872



VI

TATA TELESERVICES

57,329,449





It is worth mentioning here that BSNL is not operating in high potential Delhi & Mumbai LSAs where the other top five operators namely Bharti, Reliance, Vodaphone, Idea & Tata together have around 42 million customers.



January 2010:



Coimbatore, 23 rd January, 2010 - Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), India's leading telecom service provider today announced the much-awaited 3G-service launch in Tamilnadu Circle on 23 rd January 2010. The services are being launched in Coimbatore, Coonoor and Ooty town in the first phase. Gradually 3G services will be introduced in 38 Cities/Towns across Tamil Nadu within next three months. The total capacity addition planned under Phase V.1 is 23 lakh lines of which 19lakh are for 2G services and 4 lakh lines for 3G. The total expenditure involved is approximately 1000 crores including Rs.130 crores for 3G.

At present, in Tamilnadu circle 3124 sites are in operation for mobile services. 3262 new sites are planned in this project out of which 1119 sites are for 3G services and 2143 sites for 2G. On completion, a total of 6386 sites will be in operation for mobile services through out the circle.

The total expenditure for Coimbatore SSA under this phase is around 163.2 crores. In Coimbatore town 184 sites are planned for 3G services and entire Coimbatore city is being brought under the 3G coverage umbrella. Capacity for 3G services in Coimbatore is 78 thousand lines and for introduction of 3G services in Coimbatore around 33 crores is being spent.

The total expenditure for Coonoor SSA under this phase is around 33 crores.. In Coonoor town 7 sites are planned for 3G coverage. Capacity for 3G services in Coonoor is 2400 lines and for introduction of 3G services in Coonoor around One crore is being spent. In Ooty town 11 sites are planned for 3G coverage. Capacity for 3G services in Ooty is 4 thousand lines and for introduction of 3G services in Ooty around 2 crores is being spent.



3G FEATURES

BSNL 3G, FASTER THAN YOUR THOUGHTS



1. High Quality Voice Service

The quality of voice falls under 3G will be much higher compared to 2G services.

2. Enhanced content services:



3G customers will be able to download full music files, full movie files at high speed.

The customer will also be able to play interactive games.

He can download Wallpapers, Audio tone and can also have Video Ring Back tones.

3. Mobile Broadband:

The customer can use his handset for high speed Internet any time anywhere.

4. Video Services:

The customer can enjoy the video call facility wherein both the caller and receiver will be able to see each other while speaking if both have 3G services and 3G enabled handsets. The customer can also send Video mails and , Video clips.

5. Mobile TV:

The customer can watch TV programmes of different video channels as per his liking while on the move.



Commercial information



New Customers:



On launch of the services 3G prepaid customers will be enrolled in a promotional plan.

• The SIM cost is Rs 59 and the First Recharge Coupon cost Rs 120. Free usage of Rs 20.

• Free video call for 50 minutes and free data usage of 25 MB .

• Tariff for Local voice call charges is as low as 30 p/minute and STD calls just 50p/minute.

• Tariff is so very low compared to regular 3G services. Video calls, one of the new features of 3G services, will also be as low as 30p/minute.

• The pre-paid promotional plan is offered to new 3G customer for a period of 2 months from the date of launch. Promotional tariff is valid for a period of 365 days from the date of activation of the connection by the customer.

Under Post paid, 6 different plans are available for the customer's choice to match his needs.



Existing 2G customers migrating to 3G:



BSNL is also allowing customers of 2G post paid and prepaid service to migrate to 3G prepaid/post paid plans of his choice free of cost.

• A customer switching over to 3G prepaid from 2G prepaid will be converted to 3G General Prepaid 120 Plan.

• At that time, balance amount will be carried over to his 3G prepaid account and validity restricted to 180 days.

• 2G customers migrating to 3G prepaid will be enrolled under 3G prepaid General Plan. These customers can avail the promotional plan /3G prepaid by using the STV 98.It has a free usage of Rs.19 and promotional tariff plan validity for Rs 365 days.

• 2G post paid customers have to pay only Rs. 25 per month extra over and above his monthly fixed charges of his chosen post paid plan to enjoy 3G services.

The existing 2G customers who are migrating to 3G can retain his telephone number while becoming a 3G customer.



For 2G customers who are having 3G enabled handsets, BSNL is planning to convert such customers into 3G class.

• The customer will remain in 2G plan for Voice and data services.

• He will be permitted to make video calls.

This is being done to enable 2G customers to have a feel of 3G services like video calls so that such customers can be induced to become regular 3G customers.

To cater to customers whose requirement in mainly data transfer exclusive data plans are on offer under post paid category.

• Data plan customers can make voice call, video calls etc and charges for the same will be as per a separate tariff structure. No extra charges need be paid for the facility.

• Prepaid customers can utilise data recharge vouchers to enjoy free data usage.

• The charge for data usage is only 1 paisa for every 10KB.

• Customers can use the trial pack (of data) to get a feel of the high speed data service to help them decide on whether to subscribe to data plans. As a promotional offer 6 GB download is allowed free (day time 1GB & night time 5GB)



List of 3G enabled handsets is available in www.tamilnadu.bsnl.co.in
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