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September 2012:


New Delhi, September 20, 2012 :

BSNL today launched India’s first High quality Video call Office (VCO). BSNL is the first Telecom Service Provider in the country to take such an initiative to offer high quality Video calling service to the common man. Ahmedabad based ICT solutions provider, SIS Limited, is the technology partner of BSNL for this Next generation Video calling service.

The revolutionary Video calling service will soon be available in BSNL VCOs – new avatar of BSNL PCOs. BSNL is initially setting up VCO franchisees across the whole of North and west zone. BSNL is opening VCO outlets in 12 states namely Maharashtra/Goa, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chattisgarh, Uttar Pradesh, Uttrakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Jammu & Kashmir in first phase. Later on the facility will also be made available in South and East Zone also.

While inaugurating this unique initiative , Shri Sam Pitroda, Advisor to The Prime Minister of India on PIII said “ This is an unique initiative which can bridge the gap between Urban and Rural India. This will be a platform for growth as this network is ideal for applications like Job interviews, Tele-medicine, Tele-education .This service can bring people face to face with many other cities and towns without travel. I see India’s coming face-to-face with this service in coming years”

Speaking on the occasion of launch, Shri Upadhyay, CMD BSNL said “This new initiative leverages the Broadband strength of BSNL. BSNL always strives to reach the benefits of technology to the common man. VCO is a definite step in that direction. Video PCO is expected to bridge the distances between loved ones and expected to increase the economic output of the country. He said that BSNL VCO service is launched today in North and West Zone and will soon be launched in South and East Zone through ITI.”< /p>

Shri Sunil Kakkad, CMD, SIS, highlighted the futuristic features of this service and its capability to support Video based value added services. He said, “While India is setting up new technological milestones everyday, it is of grave concern that most of the new technology is enjoyed by a select few. With a product like VCO and a partner like BSNL, we are optimistic of taking this innovation to masses. I am extremely delighted that our technology is now going to bring a smile to many faces in the crowd.”

Using this service, video calls can be made within India only.


Video call charges from VCO booth will cost just Rs. 3.00 for 45 seconds.

Benefits of VCO service

For the VCO User

  1. Assured Video Quality through BSNL’s MPLS-VPN
  2. Instant face-to-Face Video Call.
  3. No PC required to make Video call .
  4. Pay as you use service.
  5. The BSNL website is IPv6 ready (dual stack).

For the VCO franchisee

  1. New, multiple revenue streams
  2. Futuristic high growth services
  3. Opportunity for creating “One stop shops” for improved footfalls

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About BSNL :

BSNL is a 100% government owned company and India’s largest Broadband service provider. The company has recently launched High quality Video Telephony service with LI certification. The company is market leader in broadband segment with over 70% market share and it’s broadband network reaches almost all villages and towns. The company has India’s finest Robust dual-homed MPLS Core network – over which this video Telephony service is delivered.

BSNL has installed Quality Telecom Network in the country & now focusing on improving it, expanding the network, introducing new telecom services with ICT applications in villages & winning customer’s confidence. Today, it has about 42.74 million line basic telephone capacity, 8.83 million WLL capacity, 72.60 million GSM capacity, 37,885 fixed exchanges, 68.162 GSM BTSs, 12,701 CDMA Towers, 197 Satellite Stations, 6.86,644 RKMs of OFC, 50,430 RKM of microwave network connecting 623 districts, 7730 cities/towns & 5.8 lakhs villages.

BSNL is numero uno of India in all services in its license area. The company offers wide ranging & most transparent tariff schemes designed to suit every customer. BSNL has 90.09 million cellular & 5.06 million WLL customers as on 31.07.2011. 3G facility has been given to all 2G connections of BSNL. In basic services, BSNL is miles ahead of its rivals, with 24.58 million wireline phone subscribers i.e. 71.93% share of the wireline subscriber base.


July 2012:


New Delhi, 3rd July, 2012 :

Keeping in mind the need to provide better broadband penetration for the common masses, BSNL, India’s largest Public Sector telecom operator has tied-up with M/s Shyam Networks Limited, a next generation communication solutions provider with reverse bundling arrangement for “ WINKNET” 14.4 Mbps 3G Pocket Router in India to increase BSNL’s acquisition share among 3G data users.

Driven by a desire to provide seamless 3G capability in the hands of the end user community, “ WINKNET” 3G Pocket Router comes in handy when needs to connect more than one device to broadband speeds. Enabling a BSNL 3G customer the Last Mile connectivity, WINKNET is positioned as a networking and broadband connectivity brand for mass market and will drive Broadband/Internet access for the BSNL 3G user community, especially amongst youth of India.

Mr RK Upadhyay, CMD, BSNL said “As a pioneer in delivering broadband connectivity, BSNL has been the first in offering world class broadband experience to its users. We have 3G Network in more than 850 cities / towns. We are pleased to announce Reverse bundling of WINKNET Mf50 3G Pocket Router with BSNL 3G SIMs. In line with our broadband enablement strategy, we will be providing, attractive tariff plans on Winknet 3G Pocket Router,”

Mr Nafis Kazim, Executive Vice President, M/s Shyam Networks Limited said, “We are living in a convergence friendly era where there are multiple devices communicating with each other with rich media content. In this scenario, accessing the right quantity of bandwidth becomes a challenge. Our Mf50 3G Pocket Router will surely help towards providing seamless broadband connectivity for those who are always on the move and need broadband connectivity. As BSNL is one of the largest operator in India, we are extremely happy to tie-up with BSNL for Reverse bundling arrangement. We are confident that with this Reverse bundling arrangement, we are going to rewrite the way 3G broadband connectivity is delivered.”

WINKNET Mf50 3G Pocket Router Winknet Mf50 3G Wireless Pocket Router is a High Speed Packet Access (HSPA) USB Modem. It is cost-effective mobile hotspot device working in GPRS/EDGE/WCDMA/HSPA. It provides internet connection with the USB interface of a computer or WI-Fi to clients, enabling users to communicate anytime and anywhere. It is designed to work as a multi mode wireless terminal for SOHO and business professionals.

Pricing WINKNET Mf50 3G Pocket Router comes with Best Buy Price for BSNL users at Rs 5,800

Contact Person: Ashutosh Gupta Addl.GM (PD-CM) Mob:-9868911919


New Delhi, 30th July, 2012 :


Best Hindi MAGAZINE “Sanchar Sarika” awarded by Sri Sharad Gupta, Secretary, RajBhasha Govt. of India &Renowned literate Sri Namwar Singh for year 2011-12. Award received by Sh.A.K. Jain Sr.GM (Pers.) & Sh. S.K Sinha Jt.GM (PR) BSNL CO New Delhi.

May 2012:



New Delhi, May 17, 2012 :

BSNL has launched its New Public Web Site on 17th May, 2012 (World Telecom Day).

The salient features of the new website are:

  1. It is bilingual (English and Hindi).
  2. The design of the website complies with World Wide Web Consortium standards (W3C) and Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances Guidelines (DARPG) that are desirable for a modern user friendly website.
  3. Information like services offered by BSNL are easily accessible online to the new users/visitors.
  4. Look and feel of all the circle websites is same, which synergizes with the corporate look.
  5. The BSNL website is IPv6 ready (dual stack).

CMD BSNL Shri R.K. Upadhyay has informed that the new BSNL web site is as per current trend and customers would have a delightful experience visiting the Same.


April 2012:


New Delhi, April 24, 2012 :

In its ongoing endeavor to increase attractiveness of usage of fixed line telephones, BSNL has made yet another smart move by introducing a new scheme of facilitating subscribers to make unlimited free calls, for a fixed monthly charge, from their fixed line to BSNL's own landline and mobile telephones, nationally anywhere within the country.

Sri Rajesh Wadhwa, Director(CFA), in-charge of fixed access network, informed that BSNL has introduced separate unlimited calling plans for different areas. In the urban areas falling in Secondary Switching Area (SSAs) having telephone exchange capacity of more than 1 lac lines, two new plans UL-450 and UL-600 have been launched. Under plan UL-450, a BSNL fixed line subscriber has to pay only Rs. 450 per month and can make unlimited free calls to any BSNL fixed line in the country. Under plan UL-600, he has to pay fixed monthly charge of Rs 600 and can make unlimited free calls to any BSNL's fixed line as well as BSNL's mobile phones anywhere within the country. Calls to other operator's network will be charged extra at Re 1/- per minute usage charge basis.

For subscribers in SSA's with exchange capacity of less than 1 lac lines, the fixed monthly charges are Rs 350/-(Plan UL-350) and Rs 500/- (Plan UL-500) for making unlimited free calls to BSNL's fixed lines or both fixed and mobile lines respectively. For rural areas, irrespective of whether they are part of SSAs having less than 1 lac or more than 1 lac lines , plans UL-350 and UL -500 will be applicable.

The customers using broadband combo plans can also avail of this facility by paying additional Rs 225 (Plan AO-250) and Rs 375 (Plan AO-375) in SSAs with less than 1 lac exchange lines capacity. Combo plans customers in SSAs with more than or equal to1 lac lines exchange capacity will have to pay Rs 325 (plan AO-325) and Rs 475 (plan AO-475) for these facilities.

In case of plans with unlimited calling to fixed lines only, the charges for calls to BSNL mobile phones will be Rs 0.60/minute only. Charges for calls to other operator's telephones are Re 1/- in all cases.

With the above unlimited usage facility, combined with clarity of voice and uninterrupted speech, the landline customer will now be able to use their landline telephone for long comfortable conversation nationally without the fear of heavy billing, Shri Wadhwa said. Large enterprises with offices spread across the country would also be benefited as they can make, by taking BSNL landline phones, enterprise communication within the organization nationally, with limited low monthly charge.

BSNL has also introduced another tariff plans TV-250 wherein customers are provided Rs 200/- worth of free calls compared to only 50 free metered call units in existing One India Plan.

These plans are being implemented selectively in various LSA's/Circles taking into consideration the business requirements and competitive scenario.

For details the customer can contact ‘1500' or ‘1800-345-1500' or can contact nearest Customer Care Center . The details of the new tariff plans are attached herewith.

for further tariff details customer may  log on to .


New Delhi, April 16, 2012 :


Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), India's leading telecommunication services provider and Dimension Data jointly announced the ‘go live' of BSNL Internet Data Centres (BSNL IDC). These data centres were inaugurated today by Shri Kapil Sibal, Minister of Communications and Information Technology. BSNL will offer Managed Colocation, Managed Hosting and Cloud Services through these IDCs built, operated and managed by Dimension Data for BSNL.

Located in Mumbai, Faridabad, Ahmadabad, Jaipur, Ludhiana and Ghaziabad, the six data centres are Tier III level certified data centres. These Data centers have been certified to meet Tier-III quality standards by the internationally reputed “Uptime Institute” of USA which signifies true high availability, as the data centres are designed to be fully redundant with no single point of failure.

The BSNL IDCs offer a highly secure, scalable and simple to use environment for cloud computing needs of their clients and incorporate the latest technologies in power management, cooling and IT infrastructure performance.

Shri Kapil Sibal, Hon'ble Minister of Communications and Information Technology , while inaugurating BSNL IDC Services said, “I congratulate BSNL and Dimension Data on this pioneering public-private initiative to leverage the strength of BSNL in Telecom infrastructure & vacant buildings and that of Dimension Data in providing data center and cloud computing. Cloud computing is expected to be the future of information technology. The increasing commitment of government towards healthcare, education, banking, rural development and other e-governance initiatives will drive significant adoption of cloud computing across the country. These IDCs will enhance BSNL's comprehensive service portfolio to meet the communications and IT needs of large medium as well as small business enterprises in India. It will facilitate various organizations to quickly induct IT enabled services within their organizations without the hassles of setting up and maintaining their own datacenters.”

Congratulating BSNL on its initiative, Shri Sachin Pilot, Minister of State for Communications and Information Technology (IT) said, “Technology sets certain demands and expectation on the Government when government aims to deliver more interactive services through E-Governance when interacting with the citizens, institutions and business enterprises. For this, cloud computing may lead to significant cost savings. The last few years and coming years will see both state and central Government using more IT solutions and services for serving citizens. He complimented BSNL for creating a new innovative business partnership model whereby the two leaders with complementary core competency have joined hands”.

Commenting on the activation of the IDCs, Shri R.K. Upadhyay, Chairman &Managing Director, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited said, “Leveraging on our extensive and unparalleled telecommunications network, BSNL has embarked on a transformation journey to offer the latest in IT services to our clients across India. Our clients are looking for high availability data centre services with safeguards around data sovereignty and security, innovative commercial models and IT-as-a-service. With the launch of our IDCs, we can now offer secure hosted services and cloud services to support various government initiatives as well as to our enterprise clients. We have already signed contracts with three leading government organizations for managed hosting and cloud services. We expect to sign more contracts from leading state and central government departments as well as several private enterprises shortly.”

Shri Rajesh Wadhwa, Director CFA BSNL Board said “BSNL had conceptualized the setting up of IDC 2 years ago recognizing that BSNL had lot of vacant building space equipped with optical fibre based reliable bandwidth which could be gainfully leveraged for providing Data Center and cloud services fetching higher revenue than simply leasing out space. BSNL innovated a model of public-private partnership wherein core competence of BSNL as a leading communication service provider and the core competence of a partner with international experience in the field of Data Center services could be leveraged to provide Data Center and IT solution services that would generate a new revenue stream for BSNL. It is learnt that this model of BSNL is now being emulated in other parts of world by other incumbent telecom service providers with increased trend of outsourcing of IT service. This new IDC service has created a new window of opportunity for BSNL from both Data centre/IT/Cloud service as well as bandwidth sale for the consumption of these data centre services.


March 2012:



New Delhi, March 16, 2012 :

As part of its endeavor to further popularize its broadband service and to fulfill its commitment towards draft NTP 2012, BSNL has upgraded its minimum download speed from 256 Kbps to 512 Kbps across all existing post-paid broadband tariff plans. In several unlimited usage broadband plans, minimum download speed has been increased from 512 kbps to 1 Mbps and from 1 Mbps to 2 Mbps.

Now, all existing BSNL broadband customers can enjoy and enhance their experience by selecting any BSNL post-paid broadband plan with minimum download speed of 512 Kbps.

In addition, all new broadband customers joining BSNL till 31 st March 2012 can enjoy free services like Games on Demand, Music on Demand and IPTV for one month. New customers can also pay their security deposits in three equal installments.

Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd. (BSNL), the leading telecommunications service provider of the country, provides landline broadband in both prepaid and postpaid versions to its valued customers. In post-paid broadband category, BSNL offers tariff in two categories i.e. home users & general users. Under both categories tariffs are available in limited and unlimited downloads.

BSNL, numero uno Broadband service provider of the country, controls more than 60% Broadband market share with more than 8.5 million customers. It has set up world-class multi-gigabit, multi-protocol convergent IP infrastructure that provides convergent services like voice, video and data through the same backbone and Broadband access network. It has the reputation of providing consistent speed and transparent billing. The company offers wide ranging and most transparent tariff schemes to suit every customer. It is the only service provider making focused efforts and planned initiative to bridge urban-rural digital divide.

For further details the customers may call 011-23734057


February 2012:


New Delhi, February 24, 2012 :

Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited has entered into a strategic alliance with, Pantel Technologies Private Limited, having its Corporate Office at Noida , India , to jointly address the data & ICT needs of Indian consumers by launching attractive data plans bundled with a range of Internet tablets named Penta TPADs. This bundling arrangement with the tablet PCs were launched today at the Corporate Office of BSNL(Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd.) in Delhi by Mr R K Upadhyay, Chairman & Managing Director in the presence of an august gathering of the press fraternity and the management of BSNL and Pantel Technologies Private Ltd..

Mr. R K Upadhyay, the CMD of BSNL, said, “ Towards the goal of a digitally inclusive Indian society – BSNL and Pantel Technologies have come together to offer an attractive data plan with the exciting and feature-rich range of Tablets. With BSNL's world-class telecom infrastructure across the entire country, the power of information technology can be harnessed at very affordable prices today. He also highlighted the following key elements which are central to this alliance:

  1. The business interest of BSNL to expand its 3G customer base.
  2. Affordable and quality hardware – with the latest and best technologies.
  3. Interactive and easily understood content and applications.

Mr Vijender Singh, the MD of Pantel Technologies Pvt. Ltd., said, “With my experience in the education sector – I have always wanted to do something very special for the Indian student community through ICT. I am very proud to share my vision with the leadership of Mr R K Upadhyay, the Chairman of BSNL. We have together decided to offer a Penta tablet (Model: IS701R bundled with a BSNL 3G data plan) at a price of Rs 3499/- only. With the students using the bundled data download on BSNL network (using the special BSNL data plan) every month, he will recover his investment of the tablet within one and half year, thereby making the tablet FREE for the student ”.

BSNL and PTPL have also launched two higher range products with two different screen sizes (7” and 8”). Both the devices have capacitive touch screen with inbuilt 3G module. The seven inch device will cost Rs 10,999/- and the 8” device will cost Rs 13,500/-. These devices will come will BSNL data plan of 5 GB for 60 days included in the MRP. This special offer of BSNL plan will be available till May 31 st 2012.

While Pantel Technologies Private Limited is dedicatedly working for providing an indigenous feature rich Tablets through its advanced engineering and R&D investments and strategic tie ups with content providers; BSNL will provide a robust and reliable carrier service in order to ensure that lack of infrastructure does not become a hindrance in realizing the dream of a digitally inclusive Indian society.

‘Our aim is to make the Tablet(s) available in India at the most competitive and affordable global prices with the latest technologies without compromising on quality and features' said Joint MD, Mr Dinesh Pandey, of Pantel Technologies. He further added ‘Our association with BSNL would help customers get the services of 3G enabled with these tablets at most affordable prices and have a pan India connectivity'. We are working closely with specific verticals like Education, Healthcare, Information Management Systems, etc. to provide accessibility of enterprise level data for consumption on Penta TPADs. These TPADs would be made available through conventional and innovative channels like:

  1. BSNL's network of customer service centres, franchisees and distribution partners.
  2. Modern Electronics trade
  3. Traditional telecom products retailers and distributors.
  4. Online, Mobile and Television commerce channels

MR Upadhyay also mentioned that, “We have Penta TPAD solutions (Tablets) that come with 3G SIM card bundled with attractive data plans which enables Internet access to remote and inaccessible areas of the country.TPads thus shall ensure connectivity for the users across cities, semi-urban areas and the hinterland. The Internet has evolved over the years and the usage of Internet based applications has grown exponentially as it makes it convenient to carry out daily business tasks like banking and other authorizations and the Penta Tablet PCs are a perfect solution for the same.

Pantel Technologies is a 2-year “young” Information Technology and Communication devices hardware company – selling innovative ICT products under the brand name of PENTA in the India market. The company has a global presence through its offices in London , Hong Kong , Mauritius , Singapore and Seoul – apart from a network of offices across India . Pantel Technologies has worked for over two years and pioneered the technology of manufacturing these tablets at the most competitive rates and has the widest range available today in the global market-place. Penta T-Pad's (Tablets) would be available in multiple sizes of 7”, 8” and 10”; will be WI-FI enabled, and will come bundled with digital content/ applications for various kinds of users. To complete the offering, attractive data plans of BSNL 3G will be bundled with the Penta T-Pad's, making the range the most competitive in the market-place.

New Delhi, February 15, 2012 :


Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd. (BSNL), the leading telecommunications service provider of the country provides landline broadband in both prepaid and postpaid versions to its valued customers.

BSNL, numero uno Broadband service provider of the country, controls more than 60% Broadband market share with more than 8.5 million customers enjoying download/upload speed ranging from 256 Kbps to 24 Mbps. BSNL has set up world-class multi-gigabit, multi-protocol convergent IP infrastructure that provides convergent services like voice, video and data through the same backbone and Broadband access network. The company offers wide ranging and most transparent tariff schemes to suit every customer starting from as low rental as Rs 99/- per month.

It is the only service provider making focused efforts and planned initiative to bridge urban-rural digital divide and has truly Pan India presence (except Delhi & Mumbai). At present BSNL's wire line Broadband service is available in more than 4400 cities, more than 97000 Panchayats and 1.69 lakh villages. About one Lakh Common Services Centers (CSCs) are being served through BSNL Broadband at present.

As part of its promotional measures towards Landline Broadband Value Added Services, all the new wire-line Broadband registrations are being provided one-month free subscription of Entertainment portal worth Rs 149/- and one-month free subscription of Games On Demand worth Rs 100/-. This scheme is valid only for registrations till 31.03.2012. In addition to this, BSNL is also offering many free-bees to all new wire-line Broadband customers till 31.03.2012 i.e. waiver of broadband installation worth Rs 250/-; waiver of landline and broadband installation charges in case of new landline connection with combo post-paid broadband plan ; staggered security deposit payment for broadband in three equated monthly installments for all new Post-Paid Broadband Customers, staggered modem security deposit in three equated monthly installments (if modem is taken on rent), one GSM mobile prepaid SIM worth MRP Rs. 20/- free to all new wire-line broadband customers.

For further details the customers may call 1504/ 1800 424 1600 or log on to


January 2012:



New Delhi, January 17, 2012 :

Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd. (BSNL) has partnered with Itz Cash Card Ltd., India's pioneer “Multi Service Prepaid Card” company, to launch TRUST Card , a co-branded multi service prepaid card for all Citizens of India. BSNL has also partnered with M/s PK Online for Hello TV for PC/Data Card users' .

The TRUST Card is a ‘semi-closed card' which will facilitate citizens to make their utility bill payments like bill payments of electricity, telephone, cooking gas, mobile, water, rail/air tickets booking, pay for DTH subscription, Citizen Services by Government or Government bodies etc. BSNL subscribers will also be able to make payments for Postpaid bills, Prepaid top-ups and BSNL value added services like Hello TV Subscription, BSNL Hello Tunes (Ring Back Tune) etc. apart from making payments for above mentioned utility bills. To begin with there are about more than 1000 billers. The list will be continuously enhanced.

The TRUST Card will be sold from BSNL retail outlets and ItzCash World outlets. The card will be available in denomination of Rs. 250, Rs. 500 and Rs. 1000. There is option of either use & throw the card after use or reload the card using refill vouchers which will also be available at the BSNL retail outlets. The card will be launched initially in Chandigarh, Kolkata, Pune and Chennai and will be launched countrywide later on.

Hello TV for PC/Data Card users' service shall bring entertainment to all PC/Laptop users even while they are on the move. Apart from being a value addition to BSNL users the service has potential of generating additional revenues for BSNL. This service can be availed by non-BSNL internet subscribers by subscribing through ‘ TRUST Card '.

Users can also watch Live TV Channels, movies and videos from the best of Indian entertainment.

  1. Over 50 TV Channels to choose from, including big players like Star, B4U, AajTak, UTV, TV9, Times and regional stalwarts like Raj, PTC, Sangeet Bangla and more.
  2. Blockbuster movies of Superstars from various languages.
  3. Videos ranging from Movie Trailers, Hot Gossip, Devotional, Fashion, Animation and Music videos on display from various languages like Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam and Punjabi.
    Unique thing about the service is that it is a web based service with simple and very usable interface. BSNL users can subscribe to the service using their prepaid or postpaid account or through the TRUST Card and once subscribed can watch this from any device with a connectivity of at least 256 KBPS.
    While there is a plethora of content on display, the pricing has been done reasonably keeping in mind the various customer needs. Live TV Channels have following price:
  4. Jumbo pack with 30 channels @ Rs 99/- per month.
  5. South special pack with 30 channels @ Rs 99/- per month.
  6. Value pack with 3 channels @ Rs 29/- per month.
  7. Single channel @ Rs 10/- for daily, Rs 20/- for weekly and Rs 29/- for monthly usage.

This service shall be available for Free for BSNL GSM subscribers for first month and the free offer is valid till 17 th Feb. 2012.

Mr. R.K. Upadhyay, CMD, BSNL said, “These two new services are supposed to bring value and compliment the services that we provide to our customers. The fact that both these services can be used by any citizen of India add new features to the service portfolio of BSNL.”& amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; lt; /p>

Mr. Naveen Surya, Managing Director, Itz Cash Card Ltd said, “The objective of the card is to provide citizens of India a convenient payment option. We are happy that our expertise and experience in the prepaid cards segment is helping BSNL create a better service platform.”

Mr. Viraj Malik, CEO, PK Online expressed, “With appropriate pricing, marketing and business development strategy, in addition to generating revenues, BSNL Hello TV will enhance BSNL brand image and also go a long way in boosting adoption and uptake of data cards.”


November 2011:


New Delhi, November 14, 2011 :


Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) the leading telecom service provider with more than 90 million customers in India has now tied- up with Bharat Berry Technologies Pvt. Ltd. to provide “Push- email” services for all its mobile subscribers of all circles in India. The service has been launched in Delhi on Monday, Nov 14, 2011. After The Successful launch of it Bharat Berry services with MTNL Delhi and Then with MTNL Mumbai couple of months back now Bharat Berry services will be available for all BSNL GSM Mobile subscribers across India .

“Push email” provides an always- on capability by which new emails are actively transferred. The mobile communication service “Bharat Berry ” works with most of the mobile phones and provides a more advanced “push mail” with over the air back- up of the user's contacts, tasks, calendar and notes. Moreover, it can also sync with MS Outlook on the user's computer. BSNL in alliance with Bharat Berry is targeting this service for all range of handsets carrying Blackberry, Symbian, Android, Windows Mobile and J2ME which will cover all major mobile handsets.

Shri R.K. Upadhyay, Chairman and Managing Director, BSNL said, “This BSNL and bharat berry partnership will provide its customers with an easy to use, cost effective solution for their mobile push e-mail requirements. As the mobile data connectivity is improving and data usage is growing, more and more customers are looking for push e-mail solution on their mobile handsets as a productivity tool and as a means to remain connected.” He added that BSNL provides 3G and 2 G services at very cost effective Tariffs considering the data charges of other operators.

Shri R.K. Agarwal, Consumer Mobility (CM) & ( Enterprise ) BSNL said, BSNL has provided a dedicated SMS number 51123 for those subscribing for the bharat berry services. Any existing BSNL GSM Mobile subscriber can just send an SMS with “SUB BB” on 51123 and follow few basic steps to activate this service. For enabling access to all services including e mails and PIM sync users will be charged a nominal fee of Rs 80 per month for the combo pack, while the individual services will be available for Rs 50 each per month. The service will be available for both the pre-paid and post-paid GSM Mobile subscribers. As a launch offer one month free trial for Bharat berry services will be available for all BSNL mobile customers.

Dr Ajay Data, Founder & CEO, bharat berry said, “Bharat berry in an India complete solution which follows industry standard non propriety encryption. Its Personal Information Manager (PIM) service will add value and convenience to the existing mobile e-mail user, besides ensuring data backup and continuity. This MOU not only reinforces our leadership in mobile emails and PIM sync users, it also extends our footprint in what is an exciting and fast‐g rowing telecom sector in india . The rise of huge number of users across world has enabled telecom companies to offer services that offer mobile users to easily access email services.”

Dr. Data added, “Majority of population is still in villages and Lots of Indians do not have access to laptop and pc and it is impossible for them today to secure their mobile contacts. Now with Bharat Berry they need not worry and without having a pc / laptop they can still be assured that their data is in secure place in less than Rs. 2/- per day.”

Shri Nitin Walia, Director Bharat berry said that “ Our partnership with BSNL will enable us to quickly and seamlessly deliver push e mail services on a massive scale across entire subscriber base in India .Bharat berry works through a mix of its very advanced e-mail server known as XGeNPlus, and open source technologies. He added that Bharat Berry Technologies Pvt. Ltd. has also signed MOU with Mahanagar Telephone Mauritius Limited (MTML) also and soon the services will be launched their also. Further Company is already been approached by all major Private telecom players and Handset manufactures so soon you will find BharatBerry services on other operators network also.”

M.L.Ostwal from Bharat berry said that , since bharat berry servers are hosted in India , there are also no issues related with compliance. It's India 's First Legally compliant and approved service from all agencies, this service is available for 2G also, the user experience on 3G will make Bharatberry much more exciting.

For further media queries please contact: Ms.Shweta Powar on 9820409554 or Ms.Swapna Mehendale on 9820914259 or email on


New Delhi, November 28, 2011 :

Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd. (BSNL), the leading telecommunication service provider of the country, provides landline broadband in both prepaid and postpaid versions to its valued customers.

BSNL, numero uno broadband service provider of the country, controls more than 60% broadband market share with more than 7.4 million customers enjoying download/upload speed ranging from 256 kbps to 24 Mbps. BSNL has set up world-class multi-gigabit, multi-protocol convergent IP infrastructure that provides convergent services like voice, video and data through the same backbone and broadband access network. The company offers wide ranging and most transparent tariff schemes to suit every customer starting from as low as Rs 99/- per month in rural areas and Rs 250/- per month in urban areas.

In order to encourage the usage of the Internet amongst its subscribers, BSNL not only provides plan vanilla broadband but also offers variety of Value Added services (VAS) to its broadband customers on subscription basis. In addition to other value added services i.e. Music and Video on Demand, Games on Demand, Voice and Video over Broadband (VVoBB), BSNL has recently launched On-Line education service (Topper Education) in partnership with M/s Greycell 18 for its landline broadband customers. BSNL subscribers can now access state of art education resources The education resources available for the students include the most comprehensive library of video lessons covering the entire curriculum, Online tests with unique Assessment tools and Study Material to help students do their home work and prepare well for the exams. The video lessons are delivered by the finest faculty integrating conventional teaching tools with State of Art 3D Graphics , Real Life Examples to make Understanding of Concepts Easier and Effective for the students.

At present, education content available covers the Mathematics and Science curricula of Classes 9-12 of CBSE, ICSE and other boards. The service is being offered at subscription price of Rs 150/- per month per class. Subscribers are not charged for data download for availing this service i.e. the customer has to pay only subscription charges and no other extra charges. As a special introductory offer, free trial of the service for 15 days is available to all customers in order to provide them an opportunity to experience the content being offered.

For further details the customers may call 0120-6667710 or log on to


New Delhi, November 29, 2011 :

Jaipur has become today the first city in the country to have 1000 customers working on Optical Fiber through state of art Fiber To The Home Technology (FTTH) provided by BSNL. Apart from Jaipur, FTTH services have also been launched in Ajmer, Alwar, Bikaner, Jodhpur, Kota, Sawai Madhopur, Sriganganagar and Udaipur cities of Rajasthan. Similar services have been launched in around 140 cities across the country. Access has already been provided to more than 5000 connections through IPTV, broadband, ILL and VPN etc. These services were launched as a Pilot project by Shri Sachin Pilot, MoS for Communications & IT and Jaipur was the first city to rollout these services in March,2010. FTTH is the latest and most advanced communication technology and is presently available only in few countries in the world.

BSNL is providing these triple play services to a wide range of customers starting at a very nominal monthly rental plan of Rs 580/- (Rs 180/- for voice + Rs 250 for Broadband + Rs 150 for IPTV). Besides this high end broadband plans up to Fiber -100 which gives a speed of 100Mbps are also available for the customers.

This technology is replacement of Copper Networks which cannot handle huge bandwidths over long distances. The technology also supports many new high bandwidth services such as Voice, High Speed Internet, IPTV, Video on Demand, High speed Gaming, VPN, Lease Circuits etc. The technology is based on GPON standards developed by International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and allows for upstream and downstream bandwidth of 2.5 Gbps. It provides for Triple play services to the customer.

At present, broadband services are being provided through copper network which has limitation of bandwidth maximum upto 2 mbps over a distance of 4 to 5 KMs. In Market, there is great demand for higher bandwidth for which Fiber is the solution. Demand for Fiber is expected to grow at an exponential rate over a span of next 5 to 10 years. Giving broadband services beyond 2 Mbps and say up to 100 Mbps BSNL has conceptualized Broadband on Fiber for which FTTH technology penetration in the network is being taken up by BSNL at a very fast pace.


October 2011:


New Delhi, October 31, 2011 :

The observance of Vigilance Awareness Week commenced in BSNL with great enthusiasm. In the presence of Chief Vigilance Officer and Directors of BSNL Board, Shri R.K. Upadhyay, Chairman and Managing Director, administered the pledge to the officials of BSNL in its Corporate Office, New Delhi. Vigilance Awareness Week will be observed from 31 st October to 5 th November, 2011. During this period various activities such as Vigilance Workshop, Essay Competition, etc will be conducted to disseminate awareness among the staff against corruption. This year the theme of Vigilance Awareness Week is “Participative Vigilance” as decided by the Central Vigilance Commission. The CVC has suggested participative vigilance involving all stakeholders through system improvements and laying down transparent policies for good governance in all areas of public administration and effectively implementing them.


September 2011:


New Delhi, September 21, 2011 :

Shri A.N. Rai assumed the charge of the office of Director(Enterprise) on the Board of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited on 19.09.2011. Shri Rai, an officer of Indian Telecommunications Service 1977 batch, holds B.Tech Degree in Electronics and Communications Engineering from BHU, Varanasi. Shri Rai was actively associated with Installation, Commissioning and Maintenance of Switching equipments at various places in the country. He was also trained in Digital Telephone systems in various countries like UK, Germany and USA. As senior Telecom management professional, he was involved with Development, Operation and Maintenance of Telecom services at various places like Allahabad, Kanpur etc. As Deputy Director General at the Corporate Office, he handled Rural Networking and CMTS areas. Prior to the joining as Director(Enterprise), he was the Chief General Manager of Orissa Circle of BSNL, which bagged the prestigious “Telecom Circle of the Year 2010-11 Award”.


July 2011:


New Delhi, July 27, 2011 :

India's largest telecom services provider, BSNL and India's largest national Open University, IGNOU, today signed an MoU to develop a special relationship with the objective of supporting various activities related to education and training in India.


BSNL is a state owned company, engaged in providing telecom solutions through its network, all across in the country except at Delhi & Mumbai' and BSNL has its dedicated training infrastructure consisting of apex training centres at Ghaziabad, Jabalpur, and Hyderabad and some thirty five other training centres across the states of India. These training centres associated with other technical facilities in field units have benefited more than one lakh persons through around one million mandays of trainings imparted by BSNL in the last one year only. High end telecom learning and capacity building within the country and abroad is a targeted focus of BSNL.


IGNOU was established in 1985 as an open university and has since then contributed significantly to the development of higher education in the country through the Open and Distance Learning (ODL) mode. This ‘People's University' follows a learner-centric approach and has successfully adopted a policy of openness and flexibility in entry qualifications, time taken for completion of a programme, and place of study. The University, at present, offers 338 programmes of study through over 3,500 courses to cumulative student strength of over 30 lakh students.


The MoU between the two parties aims to combine the technology, nation-wide network and services capabilities of BSNL on the one part and the capabilities and experience of IGNOU in managing the largest education network covering the entire country with the aid of its Regional Centres, Study Centres, Counselors and partner organizations on the other part. The two parties intend to bring together the strengths in their respective areas to effectively carry out technology enhanced education and training activities across the nation. The parties will use their experience, national infrastructure and capacity for this purpose. The goal is to offer quality education/training reaching to anyone in any organization or individuals across India as well as through IGNOU's partner institutions across the world.


The two parties will work closely with national missions of Govt. of India like the National Knowledge Network (NKN), National Mission in Education through ICT (NME-ICT), National Program on Technology Enhanced Learning (NPTEL) and such others and promote their objectives. BSNL is the technology network provider for these national missions while the content and technology enhanced learning solutions would emanate from IGNOU .


To begin with, both parties are considering the following joint actions for the education sector in India in a mutually agreed time bound manner:

1) Offer BSNL telecom training courses for engineering colleges and offer the same as joint IGNOU-BSNL programs leading to certificates and diplomas.


Offer a range of Managed Education Services through deployment of Vedyadhara Open Learning Environment (V-OLE) suite of systems, streaming video and IP-TV services system. Vedyadhara is implemented for all IGNOU courses and employs (TEL) Technology Enhanced Learning practices, to integrate the growing volume of web-accessed rich content and resources, and managed social networking among the subject communities. Jointly established on dedicated BSNL network, these services will be used for the educational needs of IGNOU, BSNL as well as offering the same for other universities, colleges.


New Delhi, 18thJuly, 2011:

Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), India's incumbent & one of the largest integrated telecom service provider along with Sai InfoSystem (India) Ltd. (SIS), one of the fastest growing ICT Company in the country today has launched the first of its kind VOIP services in India. Present on the occasion of the launch were Shri. Sam Pitroda, Adviser to the PM (Public Infrastructure, Information and Innovation), Shri. R. K. Upadhyay, CMD, BSNL, Shri. Rajesh Wadhwa, Director (CFA), BSNL; Shri R.K Aggarwal, Director(CM), BSNL; and Shri. Sunil Kakkad, CMD, SIS .


BSNL's Voice & Video Over Internet Protocol (VVOIP) technology uses the packet switching technology and makes communication possible over IP networks such as Internet. In this the Voice and Video signals are converted into data packets and sent to the destination, where the data packets are again converted back to voice and video respectively.


The main highlight of this service is that any customer can make audio and video calls at will on any landline, mobile or IP phone anywhere in the world (except India), provided both the ends have requisite video phone equipment and if video phone equipment is available at only one end, only voice call can happen. Within India, a customer can make only IP to IP calling within BSNL network.


The VVOIP service will cost 40 paise per minute for audio calls and Rs.2/- per minute for video calls within the country. International calls charges using VVOIP service are very affordable. For example, a call to US will cost Rs.1.20 p per minute to UK it will cost Rs.1.20 P on landline and Rs.7.20 P to mobile and Rs.1.20 p per minute to China. The detailed tariff charges for all countries are available on BSNL website, that is, Monthly charges for VVOIP services will be Rs.150/- only. Besides soft SIP phones, a terminal adaptor, which can be attached to existing PSTN phone are also being made available by M/s Sai Info Systems which are available on BSNL as well as SIS web sites.


The high Quality of Service (QoS) is accompanied by authentication schemes and built in encryption to maintain the privacy and secrecy of the communication. The Video Telephone can also be connected to overhead projectors and LCD TVs for a bigger display for communication between groups of people.


This service also provides all the industry standard Class 5 features like Call Hold, Call Transfer, Do Not Disturb, Call Forward, Mute, Caller ID / Name Display or Block, Call Waiting, Call Waiting Caller ID, 3-Way Conferencing, Call Log, Video Phone Book, Off Hook Auto Dial, Auto Answer, Early Dial and Speed Dial, Redial, Volume Control, Visual Message / Voice-mail Indicator, Downloadable Custom Music Ring Tones, etc.


Availability of Soft phone, which can be installed on a Personal Computer (PC), will further reduce the initial investment for subscribing to this service. The Soft phone will be provided FREE OF COST. DVD Quality pictures (30 fps) will ensure visual clarity at both ends. The controls will allow horizontal and vertical adjustments of the camera and zoom in and zoom out controls for better transmission of image.


Speaking on the occasion of the launch of the video telephony services, Shri. R. K. Upadhyay, CMD, BSNL said, “We are happy to provide our customers with the latest video & voice telephony services so that they can easily connect with their friends & relatives residing anywhere in the world. To start with, video communication will be restricted within the country and within the BSNL network. This mode of communication is highly affordable compared to conventional Video Conferencing Services. The video phone service will drastically reduce the cost of communication and enhance the quality of today's communication by adding one more dimension. This service is highly user friendly and easy to install. We are also making arrangements with leading international carriers to ensure that consumers always reach their international destinations easily and at most affordable rates.”


Shri. Sunil Kakkad, CMD, SIS further added, “The technology used is in tune with the direction the telecom industry is heading – all different types of communication networks like landline, mobile, Internet are converging into a single IP network, which is today referred to as Next Generation Network (NGN). And SIS along with country's largest telecom provider BSNL brings to its customers these futuristic services today.”


New Delhi, 14th July, 2011:

Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd. (BSNL), has partnered with Itz Cash Card Ltd., to launch “TRUST CARD”, a co-branded prepaid card for all citizens of India.


The Trust Card, a semi-closed prepaid card, will facilitate all its users online, on-mobile payments. It not only enables the customers to pay for BSNL services like BSNL Postpaid bill payments, Prepaid top-ups and BSNL Value Added Services like Hello TV Subscription, BSNL Hello Tunes (Ring Back Tune) but also enables online bill payments of utilities like electricity, telephone, cooking gas, mobile, water, book rail/air tickets, renew DTH subscription, Citizen Services by Government or Government bodies and lots more.


The Trust Card will initially be available in denominations of Rs. 250, Rs. 500 and Rs. 1,000. To start with, the cards will be launched in Chandigarh, Kolkata, Pune & Chennai and gradually the cards will be launched throughout India. The cards will be sold through ItzCash franchisees branded as ItzCash World and from BSNL retail outlets. The introduction of the Trust Card will not only provide another channel to BSNL subscribers to pay for BSNL bills and services but will also smoothen the bill payment process for all its users for all kind of bills.


(Mr. R.K. Upadhyay), CMD, BSNL said, “We have always been looking out for services that would add value and compliment the services that we provide to our customers. The fact that customers can use Trust Card to pay other bills apart from BSNL bills makes it even more convenient for its users.”


Mr. Naveen Surya, Managing Director, Itz Cash Card Ltd said, “The objective of the card is to provide BSNL consumers convenient payment options. We are happy that our expertise and experience in the prepaid cards segment is helping BSNL create a better service platform for their subscribers.”


May 2011:


New Delhi, May 26, 2011 :

Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited ( BSNL ), India's largest integrated telecom service provider, at a glittering ceremony today, conferred the Telecom Circle of the Year Awards for its key performing territorial circles, based on their revenue performance for the Financial Year 2010-11. The awards were given away by Hon'ble Minister for Communications & IT and Human Resources Development Shri Kapil Sibal in the august presence of Hon'ble MOS for Communications &IT and Home Affairs Shri Gurudas Kamat , Hon'ble MOS for Communications & IT Shri Sachin Pilot and Chairman Telecom Commission & Secretary Dept. of Telecom, Shri R. Chandrashekhar.


Three categories have been identified as:

  1. Category 1: Circle with an annual revenue of more than Rs.2000 crore
  2. Category 2: Circle with an annual revenue between Rs.1000-Rs.2000 crore
  3. Category 3: Circle with an annual revenue up to Rs.1000 crore

Karnataka Telecom Circle and & Chennai Telephone District won awards in Category 1 and 2 respectively. Orissa Telecom Circle and Himachal Pradesh Telecom Circles won the award in Category 3. The percentage revenue growth over the previous financial year is the key performance parameter for the judgment of the circle of the year under each of the above three categories.


Speaking on the occasion, Shri. R. K. Upadhyay, Chairman & Managing Director, BSNL said, “First of all, I would like to congratulate all the winners for their spectacular performance in the year gone by. Most importantly turning around Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd to its former glory is the top priority We have to maximize our revenues from the existing levels. Then, there are a whole lot of business opportunities available in the market to tap. With the kind of reach BSNL has, it should not be very difficult to get a major share in the business. These awards have been conferred to identify our key performing circles and to inculcate a sense of competition among circles to try & win this award next year. Also it gives a chance for existing circles to compete in a higher category than the one in which they are present currently.”& amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; lt; /p>


New Delhi, 19thMay, 2011:

BSNL launches Special Tariff Plans for Paramilitary Jawans

May 19, 2011 : Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited ( BSNL ), India's largest integrated telecom service provider has launched Special Tariff Plans for Paramilitary Forces serving the nation. With these special tariff plans, BSNL endeavors to benefit over 9 lakh Paramilitary jawans . The two plans launched are the Paramilitary Plan and the Officer Plan for the jawans & officers respectively.


With daily free talk time for 20 minutes on any two BSNL numbers, jawans can talk with their own family, anywhere in country under the Paramilitary Plan. The facility is also free of cost while on roaming. Other than that the Paramilitary Plan offers Reduced Calling charges @ 0.20 P/ min on any two BSNL numbers; be it mobile or landline. Another plan in the offing is Reduced Calling charges @ 0.30 P/ min on any one BSNL number to talk with a relative, anywhere in the country. The Paramilitary Plan is available both on 2G and 3G along with reduced video calling charges @ 0.70 P/ min.


Apart from this, an economical plan has been launched with Fixed Monthly Charges of Rs.99 (Tax Inclusive), where one can enjoy Per Second Pulse and tariff beyond freebies @ 1 Paisa / Sec. Out of Rs.99 of Fixed Monthly Charges, apart from facilities mentioned above, the jawans can also avail additional talk time worth Rs.75/- per month. For control on expenditure, BSNL has also launched a pre-paid plan, whereby jawans can recharge their mobiles using by vouchers.


Under the Officers Plan, serving officers can avail unlimited free calls to any BSNL numbers within a circle and 500 free SMS, both local & national. Besides this, they can avail 1500 minutes / month free STD calls on any BSNL numbers. This also includes 300 minutes of free I/C roaming call and 200 minutes of free O/G roaming call. The other features of the plan include per minute pulse, free night calling on one's own network, unlimited free GPRS in Home LSA, STD calls @ 0.40 P / min, video calls @ 0.70 P / min. All this comes at a fixed monthly charge of Rs.425 + Taxes.


Speaking on the Special Tariif Plan launched for Armed Forces Personnel, Shri R. K. Upadhyay, Chairman & Managing Director, BSNL said, “ BSNL has always endeavored to provide the most competitive plans for all its customers. We at BSNL wanted to treat our jawans & officers serving our nation with some smart yet easy-on-the-pocket kind of schemes. The special tariff plan has been launched with an aim to bring a large number of these jawans & officers to actively use and experience our entire bouquet.


New Delhi, 2nd May, 2011:

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.”& amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; lt; /p>


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: 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


For more information about iPad please visit


*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:


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.

  1. Free Mobile Connection for BSNL landline customers this Diwali
  2. Free home calling facility from mobile to landline
  3. 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:





  Name of the official/officer


Name of Circles/distt

Non Executive Category





Telephone Mechanic

Tamil Nadu



G.Rabi Kumar

Sr. Telecom Office Assitant(General)




Venkatesh G

Telecom Tehnical Assistant



Category- IV

Sandeep G

Group D


Executive Category




S. Lakshman Kumar

Sub-Divisional Engineer

STR Chennai



Ashutosh Jain

Deputy General Manager


*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.






 Best Maintained Telephone System Above 1,50,000 lines

Bangalore (Karnataka)


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

Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh)


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.”& amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; lt; /p>


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.


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:

  1. Pack of 10 Ganesha Audios@'30
  2. wallpaper of Gajanana/ Balchandra/ Bhupati etc @ 10 (free wallpaper -2)
  3. Ganesha Videos- Om Ganganpataya Namah / Jai Ganesha etc. @ 5
  4. Ganesha Movie- Bal Ganesha@ 2 5
  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:

  1. Defined a four pronged strategy for BSNL, focussing on four core growth engines – Fixed Line, Mobile, Enterprise and New Businesses.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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)

  1. Provisioning
  2. Billing
  3. Accounting
  4. Revenue Assurance
  5. Fraud Management
  6. 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

  1. Finance & Management Accounting,
  2. Materials & Inventory Management including E-procurement
  3. Plant & Equipment maintenance
  4. Human Resource Management & Administration
  5. Sales & Distribution
  6. Project Management
  7. Real Estate & Telecom Infrastructure Management
  8. Production Management, Supply Chain Management & Quality Management
  9. Business Information System, Business Intelligence & Analytics
  10. Enterprise Strategy Management
  11. 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:

  1. Video calling & Video conferencing
  2. TV channels and Video On-demand
  3. Movie downloads
  4. Song downloads
  5. 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.


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.
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.
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 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/-.
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 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 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, 23rd 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 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: 11th 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*

(monthly in Rs.)

(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)



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®)



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




* 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:























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, 23rd 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.



  • High Quality Voice Service
    The quality of voice falls under 3G will be much higher compared to 2G services.
  • 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.
  • Mobile Broadband:
    The customer can use his handset for high speed Internet any time anywhere.
  • 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.
  • 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