BSNL plans further expansion in Andaman

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Port Blair, May 20 (UNI) The augmentation programme of BSNL, A&N Circle, which had recently suffered a setback due to delay in receipt of required equipment, will soon be materialized.

''We are now ready with the equipment and BSNL will have ample capacity of mobile connections to cater to the needs of its customers in these islands,'' BSNL's A&N Islands Chief General Manger D P Parihar told UNI today.

BSNL is expecting to touch the customer figures of 86,500 soon, despite serious losses earlier this month due damage of equipment, following heavy rainfall, water logging and thunderstorm.

According to the CGM for Wireless in Local Loop(WLL) connection, the BSNL is presently have 20,000 lines of which 6,000 are in working capacity and a spare of 14,000 connections.

The total capacity of broadband connections in Andaman would soon be around 2,400 lines of which 1,700 are in working capacity and the remaining 700 are available for giving it to the desired customers in the islands, Mr Parihar added.

The BSNL is, however, finding it difficult in distributing bills to its customers scattered in different remote islands of Andaman and Nicobar Chain but the CGM has assured to streamline the system of telephone bill delivery, for which BSNL had several rounds of meeting with the postal authorities.

BSNL, which was once the lifeline in these remote islands, is now suffering some setback due to the tendency of customers towards migrating from landline to WLL as well as other service providers.

''This can be arrested with the further improvement in BSNL's productivity,'' the CGM told UNI.

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