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BSNL to Launch 4G Services in Six Circles by March 2016

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BSNL plans to launch a bunch of activities to boost the property. it might launch 4G services across six medium circles out of the twenty circles it operates through a strategic partnership with non-public players, in line with reports.

BSNL Chairman and director (CMD) Anupam Shrivastava confirmed the news, however haven’t disclosed the names of the non-public players with whom the operator plans to traffic jam.

According to sources, Reliance Jio Infocomm (RJIL) would be the primary potential alternative for partnership. RJIl has already signed AN agreement with BSNL to lease out 4000 of its mobile towers. it’s conjointly the sole player that possesses 4G spectrum in 2300 Mc band across all twenty two circles.

The other potential alternative would be Russian-based medium operator SSTL. It works underneath MTS complete in Asian country and has services across 9 circles.

Unlike the non-public players, BSNL plans to roll out 4G solely by March 2016. It owns restricted spectrum and would wish a minimum of 5MHz for the winning roll out of 4G.

Besides partnership with non-public players, the state-run medium operator would conjointly attempt joining its wired and wireless networks to deliver high speed net. Since, its broadband spectrum span across sixteen circles, this can be a potential proposal to contemplate. The operator will improve its Wi-Fi and 3G services, that it’s upgrading the networks.

BSNL will integrate 3G, 4G network which might alter the client to transfer to Wi-Fi.

For its prestigious Wi-Fi hotspot project, the state-run operator is finance concerning Rs. 7000 large integer over ensuing 2 years.
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BSNL Subscribers To Get Free Incoming Calls on roaming from June 15 and Full MNP from July 7:Ravi Shankar Prasad

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State-owned telecom service provider Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) will offer its subscribers free incoming calls on roaming from June 15, Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said today, even as it looks to compete more aggressively with private telecom operators.

“BSNL will start offering free national roaming from June 15. It’s already on the recovery path,” Prasad said at a press meet marking one year of the Modi government.

The announcement comes ahead of full mobile number portability (MNP), which will be effective July this year.

BSNL has a mobile subscriber base of 7.72 crore at the end of March.

“Although there could be slight reduction in revenue on account of free incoming calls during roaming, we expect to gain first mover advantage and anticipate offsetting this amount by arresting churnout/porting out and acquiring new customers,” BSNL CMD Anupam Shrivastava said at the press meet.

However, free incoming calls will be offered for one year.

The Minister added that in 2004, BSNL made profits of Rs 10,000 crore, and its loss stood at Rs 7,500 crore in 2014 when the Modi government took over. Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited (MTNL), he said, was in profit zone till 2008, but is now facing losses.

MTNL offers services in Delhi and Mumbai while BSNL takes care of the rest of the country.

To a specific query on where the buck stops, Prasad said those at Sanchar Bhawan should take the blame for the current state of affairs.

He was quick to add that the government is taking all possible steps to revive these two state-owned entities.

The efforts are bearing fruit, he said, adding BSNL?s revenue went up 2.1 per cent in 2014-15 and active subscribers rose 47 lakhs, thus reversing the negative trend of previous years.

Under phase VII of BSNL, 15,000 new base tower stations were commissioned in one year, which have reduced call drops and eased congestion.

“MTNL added 2.11 lakh subscribers in 2014-15, arresting the negative trend of previous years, and will add 1,680 tower sites in Delhi and Mumbai each,” he said.

Asked about the merger of the two, the minister said, “Let them go on the revival path. We will see.”

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BSNL Subscribers can now carry forward unused data

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Earlier we had reported BSNL plans to stop data carry forward facility in prepaid. In view of response received from nodal centers, BSNL has withdrawn earlier order and decided to allow carry forward of unutilized data on data STV recharges.

BSNL subscribers can now carry forward unused data by doing a recharge with a data STV before end of validity of the current plan. This will be a huge relief for subscribers who are not able to use up full data benefit before validity expires. Currently Reliance and Docomo are other operators supporting data carry forward facility.

BSNL has recently introduced 1GB 3G data at just Rs 68, but the validity was just 10 days. The carry forward facility will enable subscribers to extend their data further before end of 10 days validity. Subscribers can now enjoy 3GB data a month for just Rs 204, if recharged with Rs 64 x 3 times a month.

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Nepal Earthquake:Airtel and BSNL Offering Free Call and at Local Call rates from India to Nepal for 48 hours

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All India to Nepal calls on Airtel network will be free of cost from midnight for the next 48 hours effective from 00:00 hrs 26 April, announces Airtel. This is to enable the customers across the country to reach their families and friends in Nepal, who are struck in the country due to massive earthquake.

Besides making the call rates, Airtel has also conveyed their condolence to all who lost their lives at the earthquake.

Nearly 918 deaths are reported from Nepal (as of the latest) due to the earthquake that shook the nation at a magnitude of 7.8, near Lamjung, Nepal. Many are injured and feared to be trapped under the leveled buildings. India too experienced the tremor during the morning hours.

BSNL too has announced a similar offer for calls to Nepal, offering only local call rates for the next three days. BSNL’s decision to cut call rates was taken following a meeting chaired by the Cabinet Secretary and with the approval of Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.

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BSNL will Offer Unlimited Free Calling from Landline To any number in India From 1st May

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BSNL has announced an unlimited free calling scheme for its landline users that will allow them to call any landline and mobile number across service providers in India from May 1.

“This unlimited free night calling shall be available from 9 pm to 7 am,” a company statement said on.

The scheme, seen to help BSNL boost its landline business, covers all major landline general plans of rural and urban areas, landline special plans and all major combo (landline and broadband) plans.

“BSNL landline phone offers voice clarity. Now landline customers can make unlimited calls comfortably anywhere in India to all networks from 9 pm to 7 am without paying call charges,” the statement added.
According to latest data from the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai), BSNL, which dominates the landline market, was the biggest loser of fixed-line customers in February while Airtel emerged as top gainer.

The company had over 1.66 crore landlines at the end of February. Even after losing 162,556 landline customers in February, the company dominated the market with 62.26 per cent share.

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