BSNL to provide casual WLL connection

BANGALORE Oct. 5. The Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has decided to provide casual WLL connection with limited mobility to customers, the Principal General Manager (Bangalore Telecom), B.R. Baliga, has said.

He told presspersons here on Saturday that customers could use WLL during important occasions and even for a few days. There would be no registration charges, while a one-time activation charge of Rs. 250 would be levied. Besides, a security deposit of Rs. 5,000 would be collected for the handset.

He said the BSNL had introduced "Phone-on-Phone" scheme in Bangalore from September 23 to enable customers to book telephone connections by calling 1600-44-8686. More than 100 of the 150 such bookings had been provided connections.

The main objective of the scheme was to provide a telephone in 48 hours.

He said the BSNL had taken up a project for providing data VPN services using MPLs network in New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Pune, Ahmedabad, Lucknow, and Ernakulam. This would enable provision of a highly scalable and flexible IP backbone service for enterprise networks, he said. Network operating centres had been planned in Bangalore and Delhi.

Corporate customers could configure their own VPN using the IP tunnels provided by MPLS IP backbone of BSNL and interconnect all their offices located in different cities without having to go for a private leased line between these cities.

Mr. Baliga said the first meeting of the newly constituted 67-member Telephone Advisory Committee (TAC) would be held on October 11. The meeting was expected to discuss various issues concerning the telecom services being provided by the BSNL.

He said the BSNL had set up a stall at the ICE Exhibition on Palace Grounds here. Several products offered by BSNL, including India Telephone cards and Webfone, were on display. The Webfone calling cards, he said, were currently available at the CTO, Raj Bhavan Road.

They would be made available at the customer service centres and cyber cafes having Internet account of BSNL and VSNL.

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