BSNL To Add 21,000 BTS In FY 2016-17


Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad

BSNL is planning to add another 21,000 BTS of which 13,000 would be 3G BTS in FY 2016-17.

Speaking on Vaishno Devi Wi-Fi hotspot launch, Ravi Shankar Prasad, union minister for telecom and information technology said, “As part of government’s initiative to modernize BSNL and to make it relevant in the competitive environment the public sector has plans to invest Rs 2,000 crore for the upgradation of its network which includes adding another 21,000 BTS. He said the addition would include 13,000 BTS which BSNL would use for its 3G services.”

Ravi Shankar Prasad today dedicated 1,000th Wi-Fi hotspot to the nation with the operationaliation of Wi-Fi facility at Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine.

As part of its drive to tap new sources of revenue while meeting aspirations of the government, it has introduced a plan to deploy public Wi-Fi hotspots across the country covering all religious, tourist and important locations in the country. In the first phase of the plan it proposes to set up 2,500 Wi-Fi hotspots across the country.

BSNL is in the process of upgrading and expanding both mobile as well as fixed telephone network. As part of this initiative BSNL is converting the existing PSTN telephone exchanges with NGN (Next Generation Network) and approximately 660 telephone exchanges have already been upgraded to NGN.

Ravi Shankar Prasad also gave go ahead to the NGN technology designed and manufactured locally by C-DOT (Centre for Development of Telematics). The initiative part of Make in India program of the government will facilitate BSNL in accelerating deployment of NGN technology in urban and rural part of the country.

The minister also inaugurated several value added services (VAS) on NGN, namely all India IP Centrex, multimedia voice conferencing, fixed mobile convergence and prepaid version of fixed telephone. He also started a new innovative services called Fixed Mobile Telephony (FMT) which helps customers to carry his/her fixed telephone in his/her pocket while moving around the world and able to receive and initiate outgoing calls from mobile.

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