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A woman seen speaking on her mobile phone in front of the logo of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) painted on a wall outside its office in Kolkata in this file photo from 2017. (REUTERS)

BSNL eyes 4G rollout in 18-24 months: Dhotre

By Rhik Kundu
PUBLISHED ON MAR 18, 2021 08:25 AM IST
  • BSNL had invited expressions of interest on January 1 seeking prior registration or proof of concept from Indian telecom equipment manufacturers interested in participating in its upcoming 4G tender, Dhotre said.
It is expected that with the commencement of 4G services, the revenue of BSNL in the wireless segment will increase, the report said.(Livemint)
It is expected that with the commencement of 4G services, the revenue of BSNL in the wireless segment will increase, the report said.(Livemint)

BSNL may turn profitable from 2023-24, says parliamentary panel in report

PTI |
PUBLISHED ON MAR 11, 2021 07:33 PM IST
According to the report, the expenditure of BSNL has reduced from 34,400 crore per annum to 24,687 crore per annum, annualised value of nine months figures, mainly due to savings in employee benefits expenses due to VRS as part of revival package.
BSNL now plans to float a tender for procuring equipment for 57,000 sites for 4G services but exact details will be shared in the tender document.(Reuters representative image)
BSNL now plans to float a tender for procuring equipment for 57,000 sites for 4G services but exact details will be shared in the tender document.(Reuters representative image)

BSNL employees' union alleges management failure in implementing revival package

PTI |
PUBLISHED ON JAN 29, 2021 07:20 PM IST
The union alleged that BSNL failed to disburse salary in 2020 despite the government's revival package. Adding that the monthly revenue collection of BSNL 1,500 crore and the expenditure for salary payment of the employees is around 450 crore but still, salary is not disbursed on time.
BSNL now plans to float a tender for procuring equipment for 57,000 sites for 4G services but exact details will be shared in the tender document.(Reuters representative image)
BSNL now plans to float a tender for procuring equipment for 57,000 sites for 4G services but exact details will be shared in the tender document.(Reuters representative image)

BSNL to test Indian telecom gears before letting manufacturers bid for 4G network tender

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Deepali Sharma
PUBLISHED ON JAN 02, 2021 09:14 PM IST
BSNL employees have criticised the government for forcing the company to purchase telecom equipment from Indian companies and called their equipment sub-standard.
Thousands of farmers, mostly from Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh, are protesting at various border points of Delhi against the new farm laws enacted in the Monsoon Session of Parliament.(Sanchit Khanna/HT Photo)
Thousands of farmers, mostly from Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh, are protesting at various border points of Delhi against the new farm laws enacted in the Monsoon Session of Parliament.(Sanchit Khanna/HT Photo)

BSNL employees come out in support of farmers’ demands

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Nilavro Ghosh
PUBLISHED ON DEC 07, 2020 05:01 PM IST
“BSNL Employees Union (BSNLEU) is fully supporting the demands of the farmers’ organisations calling for the repealing of the Farm Acts, undemocratically passed in the last session of the Parliament,” the union said in a statement.
Credit: HT Archive, For Representative Purposes Only
Credit: HT Archive, For Representative Purposes Only

Centre mandates all ministries, public depts, CPSUs to use BSNL, MTNL services

Press Trust of India | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Kaleem Ullah Fasihi
UPDATED ON OCT 14, 2020 12:26 PM IST
The central government has mandated all ministries, public departments and public sector units to use telecom services of state-run Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) and Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited (MTNL).
A woman speaks on her mobile phone in front of the logo of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) painted on a wall outside its office in Kolkata.(REUTERS)
A woman speaks on her mobile phone in front of the logo of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) painted on a wall outside its office in Kolkata.(REUTERS)

Govt may ask BSNL to test domestic network for 4G

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Deeksha Bharadwaj
UPDATED ON AUG 29, 2020 06:52 AM IST
The decision was also taken in the context of the telecom department’s preference for a Make in India option and to reduce reliance on Chinese companies such as Huawei Technologies Company Ltd. and ZTE Corporation.
File photo of Union telecom minister Ravi Shankar Prasad (PTI Photo)
File photo of Union telecom minister Ravi Shankar Prasad (PTI Photo)

Make in India: DoT may ask BSNL to try local end-to-end networks for 4G upgrade

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Deeksha Bhardwaj
PUBLISHED ON AUG 28, 2020 08:40 AM IST
The decision can have far-reaching ramifications as the new setup, if found feasible, can be replicated for other network providers and to upgrade to 5G services
File photo of former Union minister and BJP MP Anantkumar Hegde(Sonu Mehta/HT File Photo)
File photo of former Union minister and BJP MP Anantkumar Hegde(Sonu Mehta/HT File Photo)

‘BSNL employees traitors’: BJP’s Anantkumar Hegde sets up a new row

Hindustan Times, Bengaluru | By Venkatesha Babu | Edited by Anubha Rohatgi
UPDATED ON AUG 11, 2020 08:22 PM IST
In a video of an event held on Monday, the MP was seen saying that the BSNL was a blot on the country as even after being provided money, infrastructure and a ready market, the telco’s employees just refuse to work.
Telecom sector analysts said the cost of shifting from Chinese equipment is likelt to be significant although not unaffordable.
Telecom sector analysts said the cost of shifting from Chinese equipment is likelt to be significant although not unaffordable.

Tension with China may drive up private telcos’ 5G rollout costs

Livemint | By Ishita Guha and Romita Majumdar
UPDATED ON JUL 03, 2020 06:12 AM IST
Telecom operators Bharti Airtel Ltd and Vodafone Idea Ltd may be hit hard if they have to substitute Chinese 5G equipment that provide significant cost advantage.
The officials, following the atmanirbhar Bharat call given by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, said they will encourage procurement of domestic equipment and technology. (HT photo)(HT Photo)
The officials, following the atmanirbhar Bharat call given by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, said they will encourage procurement of domestic equipment and technology. (HT photo)(HT Photo)

BSNL’s 4G tender scrapped, Chinese companies may be excluded in next round

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Deeksha Bhardwaj | Edited by Ashutosh Tripathi
UPDATED ON JUL 01, 2020 10:49 PM IST
The Central government had instructed BSNL to not use Chinese equipment for the upgrade, which is likely to cost Rs 7,000-8,000 crore
Villagers in border areas in Uttarakhand’s Pithoragarh district have to ask acquaintances in Nepal to get them SIM cards.(Representative Photo?AP)
Villagers in border areas in Uttarakhand’s Pithoragarh district have to ask acquaintances in Nepal to get them SIM cards.(Representative Photo?AP)

Villagers near Indo-Nepal border in Uttarakhand use Nepalese SIM cards to beat network blues

Hindustan Times, Dehradun/Pithoragarh | By Kalyan Das and B D Kasniyal
UPDATED ON JUN 30, 2020 10:52 PM IST
Villagers say they are forced to use Nepalese SIM cards as the network of the Indian telecom service providers is very poor in comparison to that of the Nepalese.
On Sunday, the Congress party had written to owners of Jio, Vodafone-Idea, BSNL and Airtel seeking free calls on their networks for migrants amid the lockdown in the country due to the outbreak of the Covid-19 disease.(REUTERS PHOTO.)
On Sunday, the Congress party had written to owners of Jio, Vodafone-Idea, BSNL and Airtel seeking free calls on their networks for migrants amid the lockdown in the country due to the outbreak of the Covid-19 disease.(REUTERS PHOTO.)

BSNL to offer free validity extension, extra talk time during lockdown

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAR 30, 2020 06:02 PM IST
BSNL will also provide free talk time of Rs.10 to all such subscribers who reach zero balance during the duration of the lockdown. These facilities will be extended to help BSNL mobile subscribers communicate in an emergency.
BSNL said installation charge will be applicable for customers opting for optical fibre connectivity.(REUTERS)
BSNL said installation charge will be applicable for customers opting for optical fibre connectivity.(REUTERS)

BSNL offers free broadband for a month to support work from home amid coronavirus crisis

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON MAR 20, 2020 06:57 PM IST
BSNL said that the offer is to enable people to work from home, educate from home or anything that can minimise the need to move outdoor amid the coronavirus outbreak.
BSNL Recruitment 2020(REUTERS)
BSNL Recruitment 2020(REUTERS)

BSNL Recruitment 2020: Application closing soon for 100 vacancies of engineering apprentices

Hindustan Times , New Delhi | By Nandini
PUBLISHED ON MAR 12, 2020 12:16 PM IST
BSNL graduate and technician apprentice engagement application process will close today. Aspirants who have not applied yet should do it now. The online application process had begun on March 4.
File photo of Kolkata Police personnel on patrol duty.(ANI Photo)
File photo of Kolkata Police personnel on patrol duty.(ANI Photo)
BSNL has been ringing in loss since 2010.(REUTERS Photo)
BSNL has been ringing in loss since 2010.(REUTERS Photo)

BSNL clears Rs 1,700 cr in dues to vendors, pays Nov salaries: CMD

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON DEC 30, 2019 03:46 PM IST
In October, the government approved a Rs 69,000 cr revival package for BSNL and MTNL that includes merging the two loss-making firms and giving VRS to employees for combined profits.
The process of merger of BSNL and MTNL is likely to be completed in 18-24 months.(REUTERS)
The process of merger of BSNL and MTNL is likely to be completed in 18-24 months.(REUTERS)

BSNL-MTNL merger may be completed in 24 months: Ravi Shankar Prasad

Press Trust of India | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON NOV 20, 2019 06:58 PM IST
In the case of BSNL, as many as 77,000 employees of state-owned telecom corporation have opted for the recently launched VRS till now.
As many as 70,000 employees of BSNL have already opted for the VRS scheme which was launched last week, Chairman and MD of the state-owned telecom corporation P K Purwar said on Monday.(Reuters Image)
As many as 70,000 employees of BSNL have already opted for the VRS scheme which was launched last week, Chairman and MD of the state-owned telecom corporation P K Purwar said on Monday.(Reuters Image)

Nearly 70,000 BSNL employees opted for VRS so far: Chairman

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON NOV 11, 2019 06:00 PM IST
In all, nearly one lakh BSNL employees are eligible for the voluntary retirement scheme (VRS) out of its total strength of about 1.50 lakh.
The government has set January 31, 2020 as the last date for employees opting for VRS.(HT photo/Sanjeev Verma)
The government has set January 31, 2020 as the last date for employees opting for VRS.(HT photo/Sanjeev Verma)

Ravi Shankar Prasad asks BSNL, MTNL to start dialogue with staff on VRS: Report

New Delhi | By Indo Asian News Service
PUBLISHED ON NOV 03, 2019 02:18 PM IST
The Union Cabinet had last month approved revival package for BSNL and MTNL which includes a voluntary retirement scheme (VRS) for their staff with the aim is to reduce employee cost of the two companies by offering VRS to their staff aged 50 years and above.
The apex court said it had rejected all submissions of the telecom companies.(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)
The apex court said it had rejected all submissions of the telecom companies.(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)

SC allows Centre’s plea to recover adjusted gross revenue of Rs 92k crore from telecom companies

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON OCT 24, 2019 02:24 PM IST
The bench made it clear that there would no further litigation on the issue and it would fix a time frame for calculation and payment of dues by the telecom companies.
Telecom minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said MTNL will operate as a unit of BSNL until the merger is completed.(Photo: Ramesh Pathania/ Mint)
Telecom minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said MTNL will operate as a unit of BSNL until the merger is completed.(Photo: Ramesh Pathania/ Mint)

Cabinet okays 56,000-crore plan to merge BSNL, MTNL

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Utpal Bhaskar
PUBLISHED ON OCT 24, 2019 01:02 AM IST
The 56,000 crore merger and revival plan for Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) and Mahanagar Telecom Nigam Ltd (MTNL) was approved by the Union cabinet on Wednesday. MTNL operates in Delhi and Mumbai, and BSNL in the rest of India.
Union Minister Law and Justice, Electronics and Information Technology, Ravi Shankar Prasad during a interview at his residence in New Delhi.(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)
Union Minister Law and Justice, Electronics and Information Technology, Ravi Shankar Prasad during a interview at his residence in New Delhi.(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)

Telecom vendors seek minister Ravi Shankar Prasad’s intervention to make BSNL clear dues

New Delhi | By Indo Asian News Service
PUBLISHED ON OCT 06, 2019 05:49 PM IST
“There is issue of release of funds from USOF to BSNL for the works already done by BSNL vendors. DoT has not infused any equity in BSNL since last many years,” the letter by Telecom vendors’ association TEMA read.
In the last two years, after it announced that there would be one Wi-Fi zone in each of the 6,078 gram panchayats of the state by 2019, the government has only been able to provide this service in 176 gram panchayats.(HT File (Representative Image))
In the last two years, after it announced that there would be one Wi-Fi zone in each of the 6,078 gram panchayats of the state by 2019, the government has only been able to provide this service in 176 gram panchayats.(HT File (Representative Image))

Deadline over: Only 176 gram panchayats in Haryana have Wi-Fi zones

Gurugram | By Archana Mishra
UPDATED ON SEP 09, 2019 11:15 PM IST
In Gurugram alone, out of 203 panchayats, only 41 panchayats along the Kundli-Manesar-Palwal Expressway have Wi-Fi service, although defunct as the access points that transmit and receive data have been not been functional for over six months, district administration officers said.
BSNL Junior Telecom Officer Recruitment 2019 cancelled(REUTERS)
BSNL Junior Telecom Officer Recruitment 2019 cancelled(REUTERS)

BSNL Junior Telecom Officer Recruitment 2019 cancelled: 198 JTO vacancies withdrawn

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Nandini
UPDATED ON SEP 05, 2019 01:56 PM IST
BSNL Junior Telecom Officer Recruitment 2019: Bharat Sachar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has cancelled the recruitment notification for junior telecom officer posts that was advertised in February 2019.
People walk underneath damaged electric cabling in Cyclone Fani passes in the Puri district of Odisha, India, on Saturday, May 4, 2019.(Bloomberg file photo)
People walk underneath damaged electric cabling in Cyclone Fani passes in the Puri district of Odisha, India, on Saturday, May 4, 2019.(Bloomberg file photo)

A day after cyclone Fani, Odisha begins restoration

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAY 04, 2019 11:30 PM IST
Personnel of the national and local disaster response teams worked round-the-clock with members of civil society organisations and ordinary people as the battered state limped back to normalcy.
The police said the victim’s son, who was driving to Rithoj in his car and was a few metres behind his father’s motorcycle.(Getty Images/iStockphoto/Representative Image)
The police said the victim’s son, who was driving to Rithoj in his car and was a few metres behind his father’s motorcycle.(Getty Images/iStockphoto/Representative Image)

Ex-army officer killed in hit-&-run accident in Sohna

Hindustan Times, Gurugram | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON APR 10, 2019 02:38 AM IST
According to the police, the incident took place near a liquor vend at 11.50am. The victim, Gurudev Singh, who had been working with the BSNL after retiring from the army, sustained serious injuries and was taken to a private hospital in Badshahpur.
Technical snag hits 10 lakh BSNL users in Bihar(HT File)
Technical snag hits 10 lakh BSNL users in Bihar(HT File)

Technical snag hits 10 lakh BSNL users in Bihar

Patna | By Ruchir Kumar
UPDATED ON APR 08, 2019 08:05 AM IST
The fault was triggered by a power outage following a thunderstorm late on Saturday, said principal general manager (mobile services) KK Singh.
Govt jobs vacancies going on in ONGC, SSC, RRB, BSNL, UPPSC, UPSSSC etc.(HT File)
Govt jobs vacancies going on in ONGC, SSC, RRB, BSNL, UPPSC, UPSSSC etc.(HT File)

Gov Jobs: ONGC, SSC, RRB, BSNL, UPPSC, major recruitments this week, important dates, vacancy details here

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Nandini
PUBLISHED ON FEB 12, 2019 03:39 PM IST
Government job vacancies 2019: Here are all the details of vacancies active this week. Candidates can apply for these vacancies this week as their last date of application is very close.
BSNL JTO Recruitment details(Hindustan Times)
BSNL JTO Recruitment details(Hindustan Times)

BSNL Recruitment 2019: Apply for junior telecom officer, check important dates, registration process, eligibility and pay scale here

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Nandini
PUBLISHED ON FEB 06, 2019 02:01 PM IST
BSNL Recruitment 2019: Apply for 198 posts of JTO. Check important dates, registration process, eligibility, pay scale and other details.
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