WLL connections to 1.30-lakh villages

HYDERABAD, DEC. 30. The BSNL is aiming at covering 1.30 lakh villages with rural WLL (wireless in local loop) connections by June 2002 and 15,000 more villages would be covered through satellite telephony in the country. Disclosing this at a press conference here on Sunday, Dr.D.P.S.Seth, CMD of BSNL, said 1,021 cities in the country would get their mobile facility soon.

He said the BSNL was launching the WLL facility in Hyderabad today with 5,000 capacity initially. The range of the WLL phones would be 25 km and the city would soon have 20,000 WLL connections. The facility would be extended to nearby municipalities too.

Dr.Seth said cost of the instruments would come down to Rs.6000 or so in next few months while they were costing at present around Rs.10,000. In AP 13,000 rural WLL phones would come up with the help of 24 base stations. Warangal, Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam, Guntur, Tirupati and Chittoor would have the facility of urban WLL.

Initially 3,100 limited mobility connections would be given in the city and in this 1,500 connections would be provided on departmental hand held instruments. Another 1,600 connections would be provided if the customer brought his own instrument, he said. Such instruments should be compatible with technological specifications (800 MHz.Radio Frequency with Vocoder 8k/13k and EVRC).

The registration fee (non-refundable) is Rs.500 and a security deposit ranging from Rs.2,000 to Rs.5,000 would be charged based on the nature of facilities sought. The BSNL instrument would cost Rs.10,000 with activation charges of Rs.500 and rental charges of Rs.450. The unit call charge would be Rs.1.20 per unit call. Billing would be done monthly.

The Customer Service Centres at Vasanthavihar, Abids, Saroornagar, Charminar, Gowliguda, Mushirabad, Eragadda, Trimulgherry and Ameerpet Telephone Exchanges and Minerva Complex in the city provide application forms.

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