Sunday, 29 December 2013

Performance Of BSNL and MTNL

The performance of both Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) and MahanagarTelephone Nigam Limited (MTNL) is reviewed regularly. Giving this information in written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha today, Shri Kapil Sibal, Minister ofCommunications and Information Technology, said that taking cognizance of financial condition of BSNL and MTNL.

 Government had constituted a Group of Ministers (GoM) on 17.04.2013 to recommend short term, medium term and long term measures for revival and revitalization of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) and MahanagarTelephone Nigam Limited (MTNL). 

GoM has met on 12.06.2013, 01.08.2013 and 12.09.2013.  Shri Sibal informed the House that the GoM has recommended the following short term measures for approval of the Government:

·               Payment of pension to the employees of MTNL at par with BSNL.   
·               Surrender of Broadband Wireless Access (BWA) spectrum by BSNL (in six licensed service areas) and MTNL (both Delhi and Mumbai) and refund of amount paid by BSNL and MTNL for such spectrum.
·               Waiver of unpaid portion along with the interest of loan of Rs. 7500 Crore given to Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) as part of the capital structure of BSNL at the time of its formation.

BSNL and MTNL are constantly endeavoring to improve their Quality of Service. To improve their financial condition and quality of service, BSNL and MTNL have taken the steps like attractive tariff plans,  using latest Information Technology (IT) tools to monitor the network, conversion of switches with latest technology of Next Generation Network (NGN), optimization of radio network through drive tests etc.          

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