Even when the Kashmir unrest have affected the state economy and hampered major developmental works, but it has emerged as ‘’blessing in disguise’’ for the Bharat Sanchar Nagar Limited (BSNL)—country’s biggest telecom service provider as the company has sold over 20,000 postpaid and more than 4000 broadband connections across the state during the period of ongoing turmoil.
According to the sources, the sale of BSNL connections either landline, postpaid or broadband has shown upbeat in the wake of temporary suspension of internet facilities due to alleged sacrilegious acts and Kashmir tension.
“In the past one month of unrest, over 20,000 post paid connection have been sold while many people restored their landline phones,” H K Verma, Chief General Manager, BSNL J&K Circle here told reporters.
He however, claimed that around new 4000 landlines with broadband and Wi-Fi-modems are also installed during this period.
“In the last more than ten years, for the first time, BSNL registered an overwhelm profit of Rs 12.87 crores in Financial Year 2015-16 against the loss of Rs 37.9 crores,” said Verma, adding, “the company had faced many problems in the recent past and our salary expenditure are 50 percent more than the amount we are earning from the state but due to aggressive campaign statewide, new schemes have been introduced and hopefully, we will make a comeback.”
The CGM said that revenue performance of BSNL J&K circle in landline and mobile segment in First Quarter (Q1) of Financial Year 2016-17 ending this July has been increased 40 to 50 percent in comparison with the revenue position of first quarter performance of previous years.
On poor signal and connectivity problems in many parts of the district, he said, “we are receiving such problems in bulk but in the coming days, I assure that the snag will be repaired and whatever be the faults, will be looked into to provide better service to our customers.”
“Service is the priority for BSNL and there will be no compromise towards it,” he asserted.
On upcoming plans by the BSNL to improve its network and speed, he said that the telecom company has enhanced bandwidth by 5G to Delhi and 20G to Jammu-Srinagar.
“To provide Landline Service in new and upcoming localities and technically non-feasible areas, J&K circle has floated Expression of Interest (EoI) on revenue share basis for providing Landline and Broadband Services by laying of U/G cables,” said the CGM.
He further added that during the year 2016-17, there is a plan to provide 22500 landline, 2500 broadband and 2,40,000 mobile connections throughout the State.
“As a part of Digital India programme as Prime Minister of India, 680 Gram Panchayats are to be provided digital connectivity in phase-I by laying 1200 KMs optical fibre cable,” said the CGM adding that in more than 200 Gram Panchayats, the 400 KMs optical fibre cable has already been extended.
Verma added that the BSNL is also holding Mass and Mega Melas at about 200 locations across the state except Srinagar for delivering various BSNL services at the customer’s doorstep.
“The Melas will be held on August 23 and 24 in twelve districts,” he added and said that due to security constrains prepaid SIM card of other states not working here so we are now mulling to introduce a limited service SIM for Vaishno Devi pilgrims on line of successfully model of Amarnath Yatra.
He said that in coming new schemes, Free Sunday’s scheme for all landline phones, free calls between 2100 hrs to 0700 hrs on landlines has already been introduced from August 15 while mobile and data plans are more cheaper and reliable.