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BSNL, MTNL manage to become irrelevant
Posted on 6th November 2014
Competition is never kind to incumbents. The entry of new entities, hungry for growth, changes the rules of the game. By the time the older ones ready themselves for the new game, the goalpost has moved.

This is what happened to state-owned Bharat Sanchar Nigam (BSNL) and Mahanagar Telephone Nigam (MTNL) in early 2000, when mobile telephony began to boom in the country. They failed to capitalise on this generational shift and now run the risk of becoming irrelevant to consumers. Predictably, both are struggling with mounting losses.


'Will revive BSNL, MTNL as I did Coal India': Ravi Shankar Prasad
Posted on 29th September 2014
Loss-making state-owned telecom service providers, Bharat Sanchar Nigam (BSNL) and MTNL will not be privatised; instead they will be turned around, telecom minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has said.

For the private sector players, the minister’s message is that he’s willing to take a re-look at the merger and acquisition guidelines finalised by the UPA government, if they feel that it is not workable. Also that sufficient spectrum to operators and its optimum utilisation by them will be ensured by him.


BSNL-MTNL Merger: Department of Telecom weighing options
Posted on 15th September 2014
KOLKATA: The telecom department (DoT) is considering either de-listing Mahanagar Telephone Nigam (MTNL) and then merging it into Bharat Sanchar Nigam (BSNL), or listing the latter and finalising a merger swap ratio based on the valuation of the two state-run telecom companies, with the first being the more likely option, top government officials told ET.

Telecom department rejects BSNL's plea for more compensation for services in Naxal areas
Posted on 10th September 2014
KOLKATA: The telecom department (DoT) has dismissed Bharat Sanchar Nigam's (BSNL) demand for additional compensation of nearly Rs 589 crore for rolling out mobile networks in India's Maoist hotbeds as it would increase the final project cost well beyond the Cabinet-approved Rs 3,567.58 crore.

State-run BSNL had sought additional compensation equivalent to 16.5 per cent of the project cost to encourage its staff to work in hostile regions prone to left wing extremism.


BSNL and MTNL to be merged by July 2015
Posted on 3rd September 2014
KOLKATA: The telecom department (DoT) has for the first time set a cutoff date—July 31, 2015—for concluding the much discussed merger of struggling state-run telecom companies, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd and Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd.

In a presentation to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, seen by ET, DoT said it expects to "secure Cabinet approval for the proposed BSNL-MTNL merger by June 30 next year".


BSNL loses over 21 lakh users in June
Posted on 21st August 2014
NEW DELHI: BSNL lost over 21 lakh wireless subscribers in June as the state-run telecom company cleaned up its base of non-active users.

According to the figures released by sectoral regulator Trai, BSNL lost 21.40 lakh subscribers in June and its user base has shrunk to 8.94 crore at the end of month.


Will not allow BSNL to die: Minister
Posted on 9th August 2014
Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said the prime reason for the decline of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) was inadequate investment in infrastructure expansion in recent years.

The other two reasons for BSNL slipping into the red, according to him, were high employee cost and poor perception of quality of service provided.


BSNL wants Idea to sign fresh interconnect agreement
Posted on 8th August 2014
Idea customers may face coverage disruptions in the future if the third-largest mobile carrier in the country does not ink a fresh interconnection pact with state-run Bharat Sanchar Nigam (BSNL) in the seven regions where it was issued unified permits in October last year.

BSNL has sought DoT's intervention to prevail upon Idea to sign a fresh interconnect pact with it in Assam, J&K, Northeast, Kolkata, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu (including Chennai) and Odisha circles where the Aditya Birla group firm was issued fresh unified licences after its earlier operating permits in these markets were quashed in the 2G case.


BSNL suffered Rs 14,979 crore loss in 2013-14 in landline business
Posted on 2nd August 2014
NEW DELHI: State-run BSNL suffered a loss of Rs 14,979 crore in landline services during 2013-14 whereas its net loss for the period stood at Rs 7,085 crore.

In a written reply to the Rajya Sabha, minister of communications and IT Ravi Shankar Prasad said loss for landline business of BSNL for 2013-14 stood at Rs 14,979 crore and net loss at Rs 7085 crore. The figures for the period are provisional and unaudited.


MTNL turns profitable at Rs 7,825 cr
Posted on 19th July 2014
State-run telecom firm MTNL has shown profit of Rs 7,825 crore on books for 2013-14 on account of some write back provisions, Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad informed the Rajya Sabha on Friday. It had last posted annual profit of Rs 211.7 crore in 2008-09.

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