BSNL to add one million lines in two years

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Bangalore, Jun 5 (UNI) Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) will add a capacity of 100 million land lines by 2010, including 25 million in South, CMD Kuldeep Goyal said today.

Speaking to reporters after a function held to handover ISO 9001-2000 Certification to the Karnataka Telecom Circle, he said, ''We are in the process of inviting tenders for 93 million lines.'' Stating that in south BSNL's business was not upto the mark, Mr Goyal said once the capacity building programme was launched the situation would improve.

''The Board which recently met at Gurgaon had decided to go ahead with the capacity building programme and it will be implemented soon and five million new lines provided in South in the next six months, he said'' He said presently, BSNL had 22 per cent market share in the country with 308 million connections. It has targeted 30 per cent market share in the next two years.

Earlier, speaking at the function, Mr Goyal said BSNL has taken the lead in broadband connections with 42 per cent market share in 2007-08. It aimed to garner 50 per cent market share by adding three million more subscribers this year.

''By 2010 we want to have 10 million broadband connections,'' he said.

He said last year BSNL had earned Rs 700 crore through value added services. This was targeted to cross Rs 2,000 crore mark by 2010.

''To achieve, this it was proposed to introduce Managed Network Service (MNS) targeting the corporate sector. Under this, BSNL would provide connections and manage the lines there by customer.

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