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New strides: BSNL AP Telecom CGM S Ramalingam (right) at the inauguration of a new Base Station Controller at the Autonagar telephone exchange in Vijayawada on Wednesday.
New strides: BSNL AP Telecom CGM S Ramalingam (right) at the inauguration of a new Base Station Controller at the Autonagar telephone exchange in Vijayawada on Wednesday.

Staff Reporter

Doing away with the need for cable connection

VIJAYAWADA: Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL)’s premium services like Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) and Video on Demand (VoD) are likely to be available to people of Vijayawada by March next.

BSNL Chief General Manager Telecom (A.P. Circle) S. Ramalingam said at a press conference on Wednesday that the IPTV, which would be launched in Hyderabad by mid-November and extended progressively to other cities, would do away with the need to have a cable connection to watch various TV channels. The BSNL would provide this service as part of its broadband service, by making available internet, telephone and TV channels through the same cable. VoD would be provided by entering into a tieup with a content provider, who would make available video clippings of films and other knowledge content from a library on the basis of subscriber’s demand.

Mr. Ramalingam was speaking to reporters after commissioning a newly installed 50,000 line-WLL BSC (Wireless in Local Loop – Base Station Controller) at the Autonagar telephone exchange.

The CGMT said the BSNL was now ready to provide fixed wireless phones to subscribers in the city too. Those interested in taking these phones, which would also have limited mobility, could apply for one after a month.

He said the Mobile Switching Centre (MSC) for WLL services located at Vijayawada was serving eight districts with 50,000 working connections. The new BSC was an advanced version equipment (EVDO – Evolution Data Optimised), which supports both voice and high-speed data. Wireless broadband connections too would be provided in the city in a couple of months by using this equipment.

The project, developed at a cost of Rs. 23 crores, was to provide WLL services to rural areas and replace the existing WLL system equipment at six locations in the city. He said the broadband service was launched in Vuyyuru on Wednesday, and extension of the facility was planned for 45 more stations in the next three months. The total project cost of broadband in Krishna district was Rs. 8.2 crores. Earlier, addressing staff, he emphasised the need for behavioural change and regular meetings to discover new marketing avenues .

BSNL General Manager (Krishna Telecom District) M. John Chrisostom was present.


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