Staff Reporter

Its broadband subscriber base is the

highest in the country

It has nine lakh landline and over two lakh broadband subscribers

BANGALORE: The Bangalore Telecom District (BTD) of BSNL has bagged the Best Maintained Telecom System Award in Category – I at the all-India level for 2007-08.

The award, Shubhendu Ghosh, Principal General Manager, BTD, said was in recognition of the positive growth in landline and broadband connections in the telecom district. Mr. Ghosh told presspersons here on Saturday that BTD had nine lakh landline and over two lakh broadband subscribers.

The broadband subscriber base of BTD was the highest in the country, Mr. Ghosh said. In fact, broadband connections had propelled the demand for landline connections.

Nearly 30 per cent of landline subscribers were broadband subscribers too, he added. On the occasion of eight years of the formation of BSNL, Mr. Ghosh said several of its offers with regard to prepaid mobile services and dial-up Internet services would continue for some more time. BSNL will offer 20 per cent discount on rent for a period of six months from the date of activation of broadband for all new customers. This is applicable if the booking is made by October 10. One month free subscription for Home 256/Start-up 250 Plan with one GB free download/upload is available under HCL bundled offer.

BTD had made all its landlines Internet-enabled so as to ensure that the customer remained connected even if his broadband connection was not working.

If the broadband connection was not working and the telephone line was normal, the customer could get connected to Internet through dial-up.

There would be no Internet charges (Rs. 6 earlier) and only normal local voice call charges would be applicable till October-end, he said.

Mr. Ghosh said BSNL had decided to waive Rs. 20 clip charges levied on customers who were given caller line identification-enabled instruments.