BSNL to Invest Rs. 6,000 Crore for Network Expansion In the Next Two Years

State run telecom operator Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) all set to invest Rs. 6,000 crore for network expansion in the next two years. The operator will install 40,000 Base Transceiver Stations (BTS) to expand its mobile network. The company has officially confirmed to be in the process of awarding contracts to telecom equipment vendors.


Anupam Shrivastava yesterday confirmed that Finnish gear maker Nokia and Chinese brand ZTE Corporation emerged as top bidders for the network expansion project. “We have installed 40,000 BTS in the last three years and in the next phase of expansion, we again put 40,000 BTS in the next two years. Around Rs 6,000 crore would be invested in the next two years for the expansion,” Shrivastava said.

“We have initiated the process of awarding contracts to equipment vendors. Nokia has emerged as the number one bidder, followed by ZTE. According to the rule, the L1 (number one bidder – in this case Nokia) has chosen West and South zones and L2 would be given North and East,” he added.

He also confirmed that Nokia has already accepted the purchase order, while ZTE’s order will be issued in the next 10 days. He spoke to the media at the launch of ‘Speedpay,’ BSNL’s e-wallet service co-branded with Punjab National Bank (PNB).

At the moment, BSNL has 1,30,000 BTS, and after the expansion, the number will become 1,70,000. Furthermore, the new BTS will be a combination of 2G,3G, and 4G network, which will even replace the existing 2G network.

Shrivastava also expecting a positive EBITDA for the third consecutive years in 2016-17. Also, BSNL is expecting marginally higher revenue compared to last year. “Projections show that we will be Ebidta positive in 2016-17, too, while our revenue from operations will also improve,” he concluded.

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Wangsuk Dapru
September 11, 2017 9:41 pm 9:41 PM

all our hard earned tax money going in to waste; BSNL employees don’t care for customers, pathetic service and poor attitude. Any tax money being spent should have tax payers consent.

September 12, 2017 9:11 am 9:11 AM


September 12, 2017 3:16 pm 3:16 PM

Aswin .u r right….100%…

September 11, 2017 1:11 am 1:11 AM

The worst thing about BSNL is the 9 to 5 mentality of their offices. How am I supposed to get a connection like this?

September 11, 2017 10:32 pm 10:32 PM

In every office ie private or govt there will be always mentality problem for 9 to 5 persons. The problem is with person and it is universal for all.

September 12, 2017 10:49 pm 10:49 PM

Just FYI I work 9:30 am to 8 pm so generally I am free on Saturdays or Sundays. On weekdays I try to go early but their offices are closed at 5 so I can’t get any postpaid connection. Most of the time Saturdays also employees are missing. I can easily walk into airtel or idea or Rcom store on Saturday up to 8:30 pm to complete formalities (Vodafone is often open Sundays too!). Just think how this works…with such kind of laziness there is no scope for BSNL….

September 10, 2017 10:59 pm 10:59 PM
I lost hope in BSNL. I wanted to keep and stay with BSNL but now they became intolerable. In our city BSNL gives only 2G voice service. If switch on data connection it shows only “G” which can’t open any page. Above all, the signal of BSNL remains blank for at least 10 to 13 days per month without any reason. And if some natural calamities takes place, then no one confirm when it will back. I complained regarding this from customer care to DGM but nothing resolved. Now, when I am writing signal is blank for last 3 days.… Read more »
September 11, 2017 10:39 pm 10:39 PM

If u have good coverage use it otherwise go for other options. Even if u have problems with pvt network, u complain to their unknown DGM and see how their reply comes