Staff Reporter

BSNL lays some 1,000 km network in State

GUNTUR: Optical fibre connectivity to individual customers will very soon be a reality with Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited laying 1,000 km of Optical Overlay Access Network in Andhra Pradesh and proposes to increase it by another 1,700 km.

Andhra Pradesh Chief General Manager Telecom S. Ramalingam, inaugurating a 480-line D-Slam for providing Broadband Internet services to customers in Sthambalagaruvu area of Guntur, said that there would be 4 lakh new DataOne connections by the end of current financial year in addition to 75,000 currently working.

The new spread of Internet connectivity would be in the ratio of 75 to 25 per cent in urban and rural areas of the State.

Tenders for providing Internet services through wireless hotspots would be reality in densely populated areas of Hyderabad, Vijayawada and Visakhapatnam to begin with for which equipment worth Rs.120 crore had been requisitioned.

Major expansion

To provide better services in the landline segment, the BSNL was replacing all the telephone instruments if they were more than five-years-old and new Caller ID instruments also given once the tender was finalised.

Cellular network was in a major expansion along with qualitative improvement in the services, said Mr. Ramalingam.

While currently 18.8 lakh connections were working, an additional 20 lakh connections would be provided in the State by the financial year-end.

An additional 1,300 towers would be put up for the purpose, he added.

Under value-added services Internet Protocol TV (IPTV) services would be made available in Guntur and Vijayawada by this financial year-end, which would enable people to receive voice, internet and TV programme on the same landline connections, he said.