Staff Reporter

To reach 13 smaller towns in six months

GUNTUR: Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited will provide high-speed Internet facility through its Broadband (DataOne) network in Guntur district by March 2007, which will revolutionise data transfer even in remote towns.

The broadband network is currently available at 12 places in three towns - Guntur, Tenali and Narsaraopet in the district, but by the end of current financial year, the BSNL proposes to commission 15 more stations at Krosuru, Macherla (2), Sattenapalle, Chilakaluripet (2), Piduguralla, Ponnur (2), Repalle, Mangalagiri, Narsaraopet, Bapatla (2) and Vinukonda.

Waiting list

There was a waiting list of 394 subscribers all over the district and out of that about 200 could be cleared in a phased manner when these new stations were commissioned, BSNL General Manager M.S.R. Sarma told The Hindu . Out of a total capacity of 1,952 currently 1,779 were working.

There was one public telephone working within every 3 km on the National Highway, while on the five State Highways there were 7 PTs per km. with an average distance of 1.8 k.m. between two PTs .

Cell towers

Guntur district currently has 81 BSNL (GSM) cell towers with 16 of them in the city while it has proposal to expand the network to almost double its size by March-end, Mr. Sarma announced.

Another nine towers would be installed in the Guntur city, while 65 new ones come up all over the district and approval for 20 of them had already been received. The naxalite affected locations Ipuru, Pamidipadu, Dachepalli, Machavaram, Durgi and Veldurthy would get new WLL site as part of expansion plans and one in Pedakurapadu would be commissioned .

The new tariff on Excel Pre-paid cellular services weasattracting several new customers, he said and calls at 10 paise to any two BSNL numbers in the State had become popular. Recently Excel Ananth pre-paid connections were also given the option of talking to two numbers at 50 paise per 60-second pulse.