‘Cellular network also being strengthened’

The BSNL is going all out to increase the number of landline customers in the district and is offering attractive tariff plans apart from incentives like free calls, BSNL Chief General Manager AP Circle V. Srinivasan said. At the same time the cellular network was being strengthened to reduce the call drops and dark spots.

Last year the district showed a 10 per cent growth when compared to 8.9 per cent growth at the State-level, however, the landline and broadband custom showed a negative growth, he told the media here on Thursday.

The BSNL Visakhapatnam could attract 18,593 customers from other operators under the mobile number portability (MNP) scheme, with a net gain of 9,134 customers, he said. Stressing the need to build on its strengths, Mr Srinivasan said that the BSNL was setting up new towers apart from overhauling the existing base transceiver stations (BTS) or cell towers to allow it to meet the growing demand for service from customers.

The BSNL was offering flexi combo plans and had changed the tariff of its broadband unlimited plans to make it more attractive.

Additional free calls

The customers going for their own instrument and modem would be offered additional free calls, the CGM AP Circle said.

Encouraged by the growing number of customers seeking BSNL network for accessing internet and data, the PSU had slashed the installation charges on fibre to the home (FTTH) and was also offering a limited period discount on 3G data card.

The service provider was expanding its capacity by adding up another two million lines in the State at a proposed cost of Rs 600 crore.

The massive revamp would ensure that the entire mobile services in Hyderabad would be using the equipment from a single manufacturer thus reducing any chances of failure, he explained.

Senior General Manager Telecom District P Nagaraju and Senior General Manager Consumer Mobility RMM Krishna were also present.

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