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BSNL to add one million lines by next year

BSNL to add one million lines by next year
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First Published: Sat, Mar 28 2009. 12 32 AM IST
Updated: Sat, Mar 28 2009. 12 32 AM IST
Hyderabad: State-run Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) will add one million lines in the country through advanced new generation switches technology by next year and will shortly finalise the bids for the purpose, said a senior BSNL official here today.
“We will add one million lines through next generation soft switches by next year. By 2015, all our existing switches will be converted to this latest technology which is prevalent in the world,” BSNL (Planning and New Services) Director R K Aggarwal told reporters after the launch of ‘Live Video Tutoring´ and ‘BSNL Hungama portal´— two broadband value added services from BSNL here.
The new generation switches technology will provide convergence of voice, video, multimedia content and data services apart messaging and location mail services, he said.
“Six bids have been received for the purpose. We have opened the bids and finalise on making the orders in about next one-and-half months,” Aggarwal said.
The third-generation (3G) services will be rolled out in southern states in the next two-three months, he said adding it will be expanded to 750 cities nation-wide.
Five lakh poles will be set up by 2010 as a part of the fibre-to-home techonolgy that enables much higher speed for broadband internet service compared to the existing speed, Aggarwal said.
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First Published: Sat, Mar 28 2009. 12 32 AM IST