BSNL plans expansion of services in Arunachal

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Itanagar, Oct 05 (UNI) The Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) is planning to expand its services in Arunachal Pradesh during the current fiscal.

Addressing reporters here today BSNL General Manager V Rajendran informed that so far 103 telephone exchanges were operational in the state with equipped capacity of 86,484 landline connections.

The organisation could so far provide a total 48,834 working lines with an average loading of 56.5 per cent, he added.

''This year a total of 1512 new connections have been provided and the waiting list could be reduced considerably,'' he informed adding that two new exchanges would be installed at Dolomukh and Hawai this fiscal. With new policies to penetrate the remote area, the wireless local loop (WLL) systems were planned in all the districts of the state, he said.

A state-of-art technology MSC(main switch) based WLL was being commissioned with 50,000 line capacity at Itanagar, he added.

''The WLL systems will soon have both prepaid and SMS service with high speed data upto 144 kbps and 2 mbps,'' he disclosed. Referring to the mobile service in the state, the GM informed that a total of 60 BTS towers have been commissioned in the state so far with another 29 in the pipeline to be commissioned before April next year.

Stating that by end of current fiscal, about 25000 cellular connections would be provided in addition to 1,12,778 existing ones, the GM disclosed that in the new expansion programme all towns and villages with population more than 1000 would be covered in the first part of Phase V and the remaining would be covered in second and third parts of Phase V.

However, the part two of the proposed expansion would have 3G capabilities and the details would be finalised by the year end, he added.

Under the universal service obligation (USO) programme, 62 mobile towers would be installed by BSNL, which would cover more than 1000 remote villages.

The preliminary survey has been completed and BSNL is in the process of establishing the required infrastructure to be completed by next year, he said.

The state government owes over four crore as outstanding dues to the organisation against landline bills and over eight lakh against mobile bills, while the outstanding due with central government agencies stood at over fifteen lakh (landline) and over 88,000 against mobile bills.

However, the general outstanding dues stood at over 61 crore against landline and 16 crore against mobile phone, he said adding, this factor was one of the impediments in providing better service to the people.

The other problems faced by the BSNL in providing uninterrupted services include, inadequate power supply, cable breakdown and thefts, he added.

UNI

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