Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), Coimbatore, has planned to introduce Gigabit-capable Passive Optical Network (GPON) at 39 locations in Coimbatore Secondary Switching Area, said P.T. Mathews, Principal General Manager, BSNL.

Talking to reporters on Friday at a function organised to mark 3G services 1 lakh connection, Mr. Mathews said the GPON equipment will provide voice, data and Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) services at the customer's premises through optical fibre.

He also pointed out that 12 numbers of WIMAX towers are also planned in Coimbatore.

Transmission centres

Mr. Mathews said that in Tamil Nadu circle, the 3G capacity is 5 lakh connections covering 38 cities including all district headquarters and important tourist places.

In Tamil Nadu circle as on August 20, the total number of 3G connections reached the one-lakh mark with C.S. Ramaswamy, Managing Director of Sreevatha availing a SIM card.

In Coimbatore, the 3G service is available in Coimbatore and Tirupur cities with a total capacity of 90,000 lines. The number of 3G Base Transmission Stations (BTS) working in Coimbatore SSA is 181 and additionally 60 Base Transmission Stations are planned. In 2G, for wide coverage, totally 481 base transmission stations are working and BSNL has planned to install 76 numbers of 2G cell sites.

Installation charges

Mr. Mathews said that as a special offer installation charges for landline connections booked up to September 30 is waived.

Personalised Ring Back Tone (PRBT) service of the BSNL is available for landline customers as well. PRBT is free up to September 30, 2010 for customers having lot of calls. The facility is now available at Ganapathy and Tirupur EWSD exchanges. Landline customers could avail the services by accessing 56700 from their phones.

Mega mela

Owing to overwhelming response, the BSNL mega mela at 29 customer service centres has been extended up to August 28.

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