Staff Reporter

BANGALORE: The regional and sub-regional best station awards of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd.’s Southern Telecom Region (STR) were presented here on Saturday. The Southern Telecom Region network caters to all the communication needs of customers in Karnataka, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and the Union Territories of Puducherry and Lakshadweep.

The regional awards were given to Ernakulam OCB Tax unit; Chennai Nugambakkam DTC unit; Rajahmundry OF Station and Chennai Guindy O/D sub-division. The sub-regional awards were given to Chitradurga OF Station; Tumkur O/D sub-division; Tirupur OF Station; Ooty O/D sub-division; Kurnool OF Station; Kodad OFC O/D sub-division; Allappuzha OF Station and Kollam OFC O/D sub-division.

Key role

Speaking on the occasion, T.S. Kuppuswamy, Chief General Manager, Karnataka Circle, said the Southern Telecom Region played a great role in the maintenance of inter-circle long distance network, which, he said, “is akin to maintaining the nervous system of the body.”

Explaining the enormity of the network, Mr. Kuppuswamy said, the Karnataka Telecom Circle alone provided basic telephone services to 27 lakh customers, broadband connection to two lakh customers, and also had some mobile phone network. Recently, BSNL launched Internet Protocol Television service.

Therefore, it was necessary to appreciate the services of the outstanding workers, who had been striving hard to provide quality service.

“Those selected for the award are among the best of the better employees,” he said.

Additional Commissioner of Police (Traffic) K.C. Ramamurthy said BSNL was giving tremendous support in maintenance of the city traffic system.

The quality service provided by BSNL was making the city police to completely depend on the communication network, despite there being other players in the field.

Chief General Manager (STR), Chennai, S. Raghavan, spoke.