BSNL Telangana Circle General Manager KVN Rao (left) addressing a press conference in Hyderabad on Wednesday. | Photo: RAMAKRISHNA G.
26,000 villages across the nation, including 390 in Telangana, would get direct 4G network connectivity within 500 days as part of a program in India. The network will be built where there is no basic facility. About 60% of it will come under Adilabad district.
Setting up each tower would cost around ₹18 lakh as the program is being taken up in remote areas. However, the exact cost is yet to be determined.
Disclosing the details at a press conference here on Wednesday, BSNL Telangana Circle General Manager, KVN Rao said that maximum efforts are being made to improve the transmission network by five times and fiber optic cable would be laid for about 1,400 kilometers at estimated cost. ₹ 60 crore. Depending on the extension, the cost may even cross ₹100 crore. He said that the 4G network is being deployed on 5G enabled platforms and thus handling the 4G network would be easy.
Mr. Rao added that BSNL is enrolling Telecom Infrastructure Providers (TIPs) to provide Fiber to the Home (FTTH) connections by offering 50% share and additional sales commission to provide attractive business solutions to mobile business franchisees and system integrators. market share Already, 695 TIPs, 74 franchisees, 20 system integrators, 550 direct sales agents and 11,000 retailers have joined BSNL in Telangana.
To a question, Mr. Rao said that they are making money on the land while leasing the buildings for 10 years. He said they are working on about 1.5 lakh sq.ft. with them available for rent and this year’s target is 35,000 sq.ft. was, adding that many government organizations are showing interest in renting the space.
Responding to the frequent disruption of services due to digging of roads and construction of flyovers, Mr. Rao said that neither the GHMC nor the State government would compensate the loss and it was costing them more. Apart from this, getting the permissions from the State government / local authorities was also proving to be a difficult task.
Mr. Rao presented the key of a Maruti Swift to Pradeep Kumar, a BSNL customer, for winning the top prize of the semester.