Marking World Telecom Day here on Tuesday, the Karnataka circle of the All India BSNL (Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd.) Executives' Association, held its fourth circle conference themed ‘Better life in rural communities with information and communication technologies'.

P. Raghavan, Chief General Manager (Telecom), Karnataka Circle, inaugurated the conference at Sri Krishna Sabha Bhavan here.

Mayor Pushpalatha Chikkanna was the guest of honour.

According to the association, information and communication technologies provide enhanced opportunities in rural areas to generate income and combat poverty, hunger, ill health and illiteracy. May 17 also marked the anniversary of the signing of the first International Telegraph Convention and the creation of the International Telecommunications Union, said a copy of the association circle secretary H.Y. Andeli's address at the open session.

Addressing the open session, Mr. Andeli said, “The financial condition of BSNL is serious…”

BSNL had recorded a net profit of over Rs. 10,000 crore in 2005-06. During 2005, BSNL was about to reach number one position in the mobile communications market, “but due to political interference, mismanagement, equipment crunch and complex tendering process, it started to lose market share and is now positioned fourth in the market.