CHENNAI: Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has decided to roll out FTTH (fibre to the home) facility that offers a higher bandwidth for data transfer, its Chairman and Managing Director Kuldeep Goyal said here on Monday.
He was speaking on the sidelines of a function organised to mark the issue of 10,000th 3G mobile connection in the city. In the first phase, a total of 100 cities in the country would be equipped with FTTH and the rest would be covered in subsequent phases. BSNL’s recently launched Wi-MAX broadband services would cover 1,000 block headquarters across the country in the first phase by the end of 2010.
In an attempt to tackle stiff competition from private service providers, BSNL is strengthening its marketing and service departments. It is designating 10,000 people for the departments, he said.
On the growing demand for 3G services, Mr. Goyal said BSNL had set a target of providing 10 lakh connections by March-end across the country. It would cover a total of 740 cities, including Coimbatore, Madurai, Tiruchi and Salem, in the State. “We are also looking at offering better connectivity in every city to ensure customer satisfaction. As our 3G infrastructure can take 50 lakh more connections, we are focussing on the marketing part.” BSNL has invested Rs.2,600 crore for 3G services.
Mr. Goyal said that video-calling technology would emerge in a big way and voice calls would be available for free in future. Agreeing that the response for IPTV service was lukewarm, Mr.Goyal said efforts were on to promote the facility.
BSNL has also cut down its 3G rates drastically and kept it lower than 2G rates. “Video calls are being charged only 30 paise per minute. We want to make it affordable for all,” he said.
He felicitated Lalitha Jewellery Mart Private Limited managing director M.Kiran Kumar, the 10,000th customer of 3G services in Chennai. The 3G mobile services offer speeds of up to 3.6 Mbps, and has video calling and mobile TV as value additions.