BSNL Finishes Installation of 54,000 New Towers and Acquisition of Five Million Subscribers Last Year

BSNL has been extensively installing towers to expand its network capacity and coverage to compete with rival telecom operators

By May 3rd, 2019 AT 4:49 PM
Highlights
  • BSNL announced that it has installed more than 5,000 4G towers till April 2019
  • The telecom operator has also extended the 2.21GB additional data offer

For the past few months, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has been finding its way from the pit of losses. When the data tariff war started after the coming of Reliance Jio into the telecom sector, the operator was hit with big dents on the revenue and continued to lose subscribers at a rapid pace. However, in the past few months, BSNL has tried to expand its network and also strengthened its 4G network. This has helped the telco to inflate its subscriber base and also to retain its existing subscribers. Now in a new release, BSNL has released stats sharing how it has been able to deploy extensive towers across the country in the past year and how the move has helped it gain more subscribers.

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BSNL Deployed More than 5,000 4G Towers Last Year

In its release, the government led telco noted that it has installed 54,000 towers in the 2018-19 period which is more than what BSNL had deployed in the past three years combined. The telecom operator also noted that it has also deployed 4G towers, and in the same period it was able to install 5,340 4G towers in the country till April 2019. As per BSNL’s statement, the mobile subscribers have liked this step by BSNL as the telco has claimed that in this period of 2018-2019, five million subscribers have joined BSNL’s subscriber base. Further, BSNL has also noted that it was one of the two telecom operators to amass more than 900,000 subscribers in February as per the Trai data.

BSNL Director (CM), Mr Sheetla Prasad also said that BSNL is committed to offering excellent services at affordable prices to its subscribers. The telecom operator also informed that it had introduced Eros Now premium subscription free of cost providing unlimited movies and exclusive video series to the subscribers of select STVs like Rs 78, Rs 98 and Rs 298.

BSNL Extends 2.21GB Extra Data Offer as Another Consumer Centric Move

BSNL has been making similar positive changes in its portfolio in the past few weeks. The telecom operator has also recently extended the additional data offer which became insanely popular amongst its subscribers. The state-led telecom operator has been giving away 2.21GB of additional daily data to the customers on top of their usual data FUP limit. The offer which was launched last year has been continued by the telco and was recently revised a few days back. BSNL has now said that the additional data offer will go on till June 30, 2019. As part of this offer, STV 186 which used to offer 1GB daily data will offer 3.21GB daily data. Similarly, other STVs like the Rs 429, Rs 485, Rs 666, and Rs 1,699 have been bumped up to receive 2.21GB extra data on top of the benefit which they usually offer.

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Arpit spends his day closely following the telecom and tech industry. A music connoisseur and a night owl, he also takes a deep interest in the Indian technology start-up scene and spends rest of his time spilling poetry and stories on paper.

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