New Delhi: Buoyed by the success of its broadband services in Delhi and Mumbai, state-run MTNL said on 16 January, it has lined up Rs1,500 crore investments to expand GSM and broadband operations.
“We will expand broadband capacity by 10 lakh connection in Delhi and Mumbai together. The capacity will be scalable to 20 lakh. Besides, we are planning a major expansion of our GSM mobile network especially in Mumbai,” MTNL chairman and managing director R S P Sinha told PTI in an interview.
MTNL currently has 5.5 lakh connections in the two cities.
Sinha said the Rs1,500 crore outlay ,could go up by another Rs200 crore depending upon the capacity requirement.
MTNL, however, is facing problems in the GSM mobile services in Mumbai as the capacity could not be added in time by ITI, a PSU, which got the contract under reservation quota.
Sinha said the telecom operator plans to add 10 lakh GSM subscriber capacity in Mumbai and till the networks were put in place, it has decided to divert some base terminal stations (BTS) from Delhi to the financial capital.
With this, MTNL would be able to serve at least 2 lakh GSM connections immediately to meet demand in Mumbai, he said
Another focal area in 2008 would be Internet Protocol Television (IPTV). MTNL currently has 2,000 subscribers in Delhi aned 2,200 in Mumbai.
“We have set a target of having at least 50,000 IPTV subscribers by the end of this year, and it is achievable looking at the demand for services,” Sinha said.
There are certain problems regarding adding some channels, and discussions are on with broadcasters, he said, adding that TRAI has been informed about the matter. The issue is expected to be resolved soon, he said.
MTNL is also likely to come out with more IPTV schemes, besides fixed-line and broadband services.