BSNL target 7 mn broadband subscribers by 2010

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Mumbai, March 7: BSNL is planning to roll out wireless broadband services in the next three months. The company is targeting a total of seven million broadband subscribers by 2010, out of which two million will be wireless.The aim is to cover 25,000 villages through wireless broadband. The state-owned company will take the franchise route for this.

BSNL director of planning and new services Gopal Das speaking at the Sixth International Conference on Communications noted that with the advent of convergence, telecom companies are positioning themselves as being one-stop shops. Besides telephony, they also provide net and broadband.Das says that BSNL has invested a lot in building next generation networks over IP. The aim is to offer premium services.

The company plans to offer mobile TV and radio on mobile later this year. On wired broadband it offers speed upto 2mbps on ADSL2+ technology. The aim is to add three million wire broadband subscribers over the next couple of years.
It claims to already have in the region of 1.6 million subscribers.

BSNL has already rolled out its IPTV service in three cities of Pune, Bangalore and Delhi. Das also says that one should not look at communications and technology industries as being completely separate from the media and entertainment industries at a time when the two are converging. He believes that in 2020 these two combined will contribute 25 per cent to the economy. In 2047 which is the centenary of India"s Independence, it is possible that the knowledge economy will contribute 50 per cent.

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