June 27th, 2019 10:19 AM 1 COMMENTS

Comprehensive Plan for Revival of BSNL, MTNL Under Preparation: Telecom Minister

The government on Wednesday clarified there is no proposal to close state-run BSNL and MTNL, which are facing financial stress due to stiff competition and high employee costs, and added that a comprehensive plan for their revival is under preparation. "No proposal of the closure of Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited (MTNL) is under consideration," Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad informed the Lok Sabha. In a separate reply, he said there... Read More

June 11th, 2019 11:15 AM 0 COMMENTS

DCC to Discuss 5G Trials and Relief Package for BSNL, MTNL on June 13: Report

The Digital Communications Commission (DCC), the apex decision making body at the telecom department, is expected to discuss 5G trials and relief for BSNL and MTNL during its meeting on June 13, according to sources close to PTI. India expects to roll out commercial 5G services at par with leading markets of the world by 2020. "DoT committee on 5G is ready to agree on the allotment of spectrum for... Read More

April 24th, 2019 4:55 PM 0 COMMENTS

VRS Package Proposed by DoT Could Save Rs 1,080 Crore in Annual Wage Expenses for MTNL

The Voluntary Retirement Scheme (VRS) being proposed by the telecom department could save Rs 1,080 crore in annual wage expenses for Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd (MTNL), and the telco expects about 9,500 employees to opt for the scheme as and when it comes up, according to its chairman. The Department of Telecom (DoT) has prepared a rescue plan for the distressed PSUs, MTNL and Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL), in... Read More

April 22nd, 2019 8:42 PM 17 COMMENTS

DoT Circulates Draft Cabinet Note for Allocation of 4G Spectrum to BSNL and MTNL

State-run telcos, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) and Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited (MTNL) have been under pressure for not generating enough profits. But there's a reason behind that; Both the telcos did not receive 4G spectrum from the government to launch 4G services in the country. Talks regarding the allocation of 4G spectrum to both BSNL and MTNL are going in full swing for a while now. A new report... Read More

April 22nd, 2019 2:07 PM 2 COMMENTS

MTNL Doubles FUP on Broadband Plans, Now Providing Up to 5.4TB of Data

It is no secret that after the data tariff war triggered by Reliance Jio, the telecom operators have experienced immense financial troubles. The ones especially bogged down by this data tariff war are the government led telecom operators, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) and Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited (MTNL). Although we have seen BSNL introducing new plans, making plenty of revisions and rolling out some consumer-centric power moves, there has... Read More

April 17th, 2019 4:30 PM 0 COMMENTS

MTNL to Clear April Salaries of Employees Without Any Challenge

Crisis-ridden MTNL, whose revival package is in the works, has exuded confidence that it would not face any challenge in payment of April salaries to its 22,000 employees, as it plans to tap internal accruals and available cash. The comment assumes significance as distressed telecom PSUs Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd (MTNL) and Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) are saddled with massive debt and have faced problems in clearing staff salaries... Read More

April 12th, 2019 5:07 PM 26 COMMENTS

Troubles for BSNL and MTNL Increase as Trai Steps Back from 4G Spectrum Allocation

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) has shed off any responsibility related to allocation of the fourth generation, or 4G airwaves to the government led telecom operator Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) and Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited (MTNL), ET Telecom reported. The regulator has said to the department of telecommunications (DoT) that administrative allocation of spectrum to public companies is a “policy” decision. Troubles Increase for BSNL and MTNL... Read More

April 10th, 2019 4:41 PM 2 COMMENTS

BSNL, MTNL Asset Monetisation to Service Debt and Fund Voluntary Retirement Scheme: Government

The proceeds of monetisation of assets of the state-run telecom majors BSNL and MTNL will be used to service the debt of these public sector undertakings, (PSUs) and fund the voluntary retirement scheme (VRS), as per a decision of the government. This was decided at last week's meeting of the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) and the Department of Telecom (DoT) chaired by the PMO Principal Secretary Nripendra Mishra on the... Read More

April 4th, 2019 12:29 PM 0 COMMENTS

BSNL Voluntary Retirement Scheme: DoT to Seek Approval from EC Before Moving to Cabinet

The telecom ministry will seek approval from the Election Commission to move its Cabinet proposal to offer voluntary retirement scheme for MTNL and BSNL employees, a government official said Wednesday. The Department of Telecom (DoT) is preparing a Cabinet note recommending the voluntary retirement scheme (VRS) for BSNL and MTNL employees above 50 years of age. "The DoT is preparing a Cabinet note for seeking its approval to grant VRS... Read More

March 27th, 2019 8:16 PM 32 COMMENTS

BSNL and MTNL Merger Will Bring Back Financial Health for the Companies: Report

Benoy CS, Director at Frost & Sullivan, Digital Transformation Practice has remarked that the merger of MTNL and BSNL, the two telecom companies of government, will be a good deal for all the stakeholders of the entities. He also highlighted that the merger of these two companies is something inevitable as the telecom industry is undergoing a rapid transformation. The executive also said that Reliance Jio’s introduction of cheap tariff... Read More

February 21st, 2019 9:22 PM 0 COMMENTS

BSNL and MTNL Asked to Explain the Turnaround Strategy by DCC for Financial Support

The Digital Communications Commission (DCC) on Thursday asked loss-making telecom PSUs BSNL and MTNL to explain their turnaround strategy and give an assurance to achieve higher revenue for getting financial support, an official said. Public sector firms BSNL and MTNL have sought financial support, 4G spectrum and approvals for asset sales as part of their revival plans. "DCC members wanted to know what is the revival plan, when will these... Read More

February 11th, 2019 2:55 PM 0 COMMENTS

MTNL Approaches DoT Seeking Claims of About Rs 500 Crore

Cash-strapped MTNL has approached the Telecom Department seeking claims of about Rs 500 crore, under multiple heads, including the rendering of communications services and reimbursement of employees-related payments made, according to a source. A source in the Department of Telecom (DoT) said that the claims are spread over the last many years and that the request is currently under examination. "MTNL has raised claims dating back to the year 2000-01... Read More

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