M. Dinesh Varma
Growth attributed to huge demand, attractive tariff regime
CHENNAI: BSNL Chennai Telephones has clocked up 2 lakhs broadband connections, making it a milestone of sorts by country’s first telecom circle.
Chennai Telephones, which became a broadband player in 2005, is currently issuing about 600 broadband connections a day. From July, it aims to scale this up to around 1,000 connections a day, a top official said.
In addition to its expanding DataOne user base in the city, Chennai Telephones is serving point-to-point leased circuit lines for around 2,000 corporate and other companies. The department has now put in place port infrastructure to cater to another 1.5 lakh connections. Some time ago, it acquisitioned an additional 20,000 ports to tide over a logistic squeeze that had forced it to go slow on issuing new connections during the first half of 2007.
BSNL officials attributed the growth in broadband users to a combination of huge consumer demand, an attractive tariff regime, relatively higher Internet speeds (up to 2 mbps for the regular home pack) and helpdesk efficiency.
Its broadband service banks on Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL) technology, which uses the same copper cable that connects telephones to transport high-bandwidth data, such as multimedia and video.
DataOne packages are being reached to subscribers through DSLAM (Digital Subscriber Line Access Multiplexer) equipment installed in each of its 333 exchanges in the city. Each DSLAM equipment can serve a radial distance of 3.5 km. BSNL is also providing broadband loops through its Digital Loop Carriers (DLCs) that serve as mini-exchanges.
In a limited manner, BSNL has begun providing ‘MultiPlay,’ a versatile broadband suite of data, voice and video-on-demand. The department anticipates demand for this enhanced broadband experience to increase in the coming months.