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BSNL TO ROLL OUT 4 G SERVICES

State-run BSNL is planning to rope in technology partners for the rollout its 4G services on revenue sharing basis in 14 telecom circles of the country. The telecom PSU has soft launched 4G services in Chandigarh on revenue sharing basis. "BSNL management committee has approved rollout of 4G services. We are in process of issuing expression of interest for rolling out 4G services on revenue sharing basis. It should be issued around mid of this month," BSNL Chairman and Managing Director Anupam Shrivastava told PTI. "We will provide only bandwidth to technology service provider who will manage and operate 4G services," he said. The company has 20 MHz liberalised spectrum in 2,500 MHz band for rolling out 4G services. BSNL paid Rs 8,313.80 crore for 2,500 MHz spectrum in all its service areas in 2010 but later returned airwaves in 6 of them which include Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kolkata. BSNL has second largest mobile sites presence in the country. It expects to have 1.35 lakh base stations by the  end of next financial year.The company has adopted strategy of asset monetisation and low capital expenditure and hence decided to roll out 4G services on same model. The BSNL CMD said that the PSU had to spent its whole funds for buying spectrum, 3G and 4G, and nothing was left for investment in networks. "On 25th day of 3G auction (in 2010), we saw prices going up beyond unimaginable levels. While other had option to choose circles and withdraw, BSNL was not given choice. We had to pay the final price in all 20 circles," Shrivastava said. He said that after 3G, auctions for wireless broadband spectrum was held. "Our whole fund went to spectrum buying and was not left with cash to invest in networks, Now, we have breathing space and decided on business strategy, and hence we are regaining glory," Shrivastava said. He said that BSNL, which was earlier only loosing customers under mobile number portability scheme, turned net gainer of customers through MNP facility in 2015-16. The company in February registered the highest growth rate in providing new wireless connections, beating all private operators. BSNL had a growth rate of 1.67 per cent, followed by Bharti Airtel with 1.18 per cent, Vodafone with 1.04 per cent and Idea Cellular with 0.85 per cent. The industry average growth in subscriber base stood at 0.85 per cent. "The 4G services will further add to our subscriber growth. We are known for providing affordable service rates and we will always strive for meeting this expectation of people," Shrivastava Said. He said that the company is working to roll out 40,000 wifi spots across the country in two-three years which will compliment its 4G services. BSNL revenue to cross Rs 30,000 crore in the FY 2015-16, which is 3-4% higher than last year

BSNL REVENUE TO CROSS 30,000 CRORES

 

State run telecom major Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) is expecting to cross revenue of Rs 30,000 crore in the FY 2015-16, which is 3-4% higher than last year - says BSNL Chairman and Managing Director Anupam Shrivastava. BSNL's total revenue from services was Rs 27,242 crores in FY 2014-15 with a growth rate of 4.16 percent vis-a-vis FY 2013-14. BSNL was managed to report an operating profit of Rs 672 crores in FY 2014-15 from an operating loss of Rs 691 crore in FY 2013-14. BSNL CMD said - "As per unaudited figures, we are hoping to cross revenue of Rs 30,000 crore in the year ended on March 31, 2016 that includes mobile, landline and enterprise business. This is going to be3-4% higher than last year. We have also been able to bridge the Rs 150 crore gap on account of free roaming services. Debt to equity ratio is 0.13% which is lowest in the industry." BSNL has installed 24,000 Mobile Towers in last two years and it is now going to add another 21,000 in the next one year to improve coverage and quality of service. BSNL was able to achieve anoutstanding mobile data growth of 92 percent in the previous financial year (FY 2014-15) registering a revenue of Rs 1,380 crore from Mobile Data Services. To increase its data carrying capability, BSNL has focused on Wi-Fi Hotspots (4G Hotspots) in a big way. The PSU had installed 2504 WiFi Hotspots till date which includes major tourist locations across the country. "We realised that BSNL does not have 4G spectrum and at the same time we don't want to miss the data bus. We decided to exploit potential and Wi-Fi has become an obvious choice to join the mobile network. Other than broadband, it will also work as 4Ghotspots. These hotspots work on free Wi-Fi zones while the cost of spectrum is also rising," - BSNL CMD added. BSNL holds 20 MHz BWA (broadband wireless access) spectrum in the 2.5 GHz band in 14 LSAs (licensed service areas). Out of which BSNL plans to spare 10 MHz spectrum for LTE-based 4G services. Free All India roaming facility has helped the PSU to add 20 lakh customers since December 2015.

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The MTNL MAZDOOR SANGH is organising meetings in all the circle head quarters during the past one moth. The 9th meeting in the series was held at Khurshid Lal Bhavan. More than 800 workers attended the meeting and sat through the entire proceedings for more than 2 hours. The meeting was addressed by S/Shri SV.S.Subrahmanyam, SG ITEF, Subhash Gupta, President MTNL MS &  Dharam Raj Singh, GS MTNL MS

We welcome  Shri J.S Deepak, on assuming the office of Chairman (Telecom Commission) and Secretary (Telecom) on 01.02.2016. CHQ assures him of its fullest co-operation and request him to ensure that all the Telecom PSUs under DOT i.e. BSNL, MTNL and ITI are given due importance and all the pending issues are resolved in a time bound manner.

The 7th Membership Verification for Non Executive Employees working in BSNL will be held on 10.5.2016 all over the country. For details please visit bteubsnl.in

THE LIST OF OFFICE BEARERS OF ITEF ELECTED IN THE FEDERAL COUNCIL AT HYDERABAD ON 9-10 JANUARY 2016 IS PLACED IN THE LINK CIRCULARS.

IDA INCREASES BY 4.5% FROM 1.1.2016. TOTAL IDA IS NOW 112.4%

Shri Subhash Gupta President, MTNL Mazdoor Sangh is retiring today on suprannuation. We wish him a very happy and contented retired life.

The Federal council meeting will be held at Hyderabad on 9th and 10th January 2016. The notice for the meeting together with the circular are kept in the link Circulars.


A NEETING WAS HELD WITH SHRI RAVI SHANKAR PRASAD, MOC TODAY IN HIS OFFICE. THE GENERAL SECRETARY BMS LED THE DELEGATION OF MTNL MAZDOOR SANGH AND BTEU BSNL. THE MEMORANDUMS SUBMITTED BY THE BTEU BSNL (KEPT IN LINK DEMANDS) AND MTNL MS WAS GIVEN TO THE MOC. HE THEN ASKED THE CMD BSNL AND CMD MTNL TO SUBMIT A STATUS REPORT ON THE ISSUES RAISED WITHIN 15 DAYS AND ALSO ADVISED THEM TO CALL THE UNIONS I.E. BTEU BSNL AND MTNL MS FOR A MEETING IMMEDIATELY AND SORT OUT ANY OTHER PENDING ISSUES.  LATER ON SHRI N.K.YADAV, MEMBER SERVICES, DOT SPOKE TO SRI SVS SUBRAHMANYAM, SG ITEF OVER PHONE AND STATED THAT A MEETING WILL BE ARRANGED IN THE THIRD WEEK OF DECEMBER 2015 ON ISSUES PERTAINING TO TELECOM PSUs.

The Federal Council Meeting of the Indian Telecom Employees Federation will be held at Hyderabad from 10th to 11th January 2016.

IT IS UNDERSTOOD THAT THE MINISTRY OF LABOUR GOVT OF INDIA HAS SENT A PROPOSAL TO THE CABINET FOR MOVING AN ORDINANCE ON LIFTING THE CEILING LIMIT FOR PAYMENT OF BONUS TO ALL WORKERS IN THE COUNTRY. THE CABINET MAY TAKE A DECISION NEXT WEEK.

5.3% increase in IDA from 01-10-2015. Total 102.6%+5.3% =  107.9%.

MTNL MAZDOOR SANGH DEEPLY MOURNS THE SUDDEN DEMISE OF SHRI APJ.ABDUL KALAAM, FORMER PRESIDENT OF INDIA.

The following New Designations are approved for BSNL Non Executive employees. RM - Telecom Assistant, TM- Telecom Technician, TTA - Junior Engineer, Sr.TOA upto NE 10 - Office Associate and Sr.TOA in NE 11 and NE 12 Grades will be Office Superintendent.

The speech of Shri B.N.Rai, President BMS in the ILC is kept in the link Circulars.

The Indian Labour Conference started in a grand style in Delhi on 20.7.15. The address of the Ho'ble Prime Minister is kept in the link Circulars.

The Prime Minister met the leaders of all Central Trade Unions at Delhi over Tea on 19.7.15. This is ahead of the Indian Labour Conference which starts at Delhi on 20.7.15.  Prior to this meeting, the Group of Ministers headed by Shri Arun Jaitley, FM met the leaders over the charter of demands submitted by the CTUs. 


The MTNL Mazdoor Snagh has been conducting conferences to elect new office bearers in the circles. A list of the same is kept in the link Circulars.

IDA from 1.7.2015 is 2.1%.  Total IDA due is 102.6%.

Shri N.K.Yadav, Member Services, Department of Telecom has taken additional charge of the post of CMD MTNL. A delegation of MTNL Mazdoor Sangh led by Shri Dharam Raj Singh, GS MTNL MS met Shri Yadav Ji and greeted him and pledged wholehearted support for the revival of MTNL.

Govt of India approved upgradation of 29 cities and towns for higher HRA and Transport Allowance. Ahmedabad & Pune to get 30% HRA and 20% HRA for  Nellore, Gurgaon, Bokaro, Gulbarga, Thrissur, Malapuram, Kannur, Kollam, Ujjain, Vasai-Virar city, Malegaon, Nanded-Waghala, Sangli, Rourkela, Ajmer, Erode, Noida, Firozabad, Jhansi, Siliguri and Durgapur. Apart from this, Patna, Kochi, Indore, Coimbatore and Gazhiabad 

The press release by the Government of India on issues relating to BSNL and MTNL is kept in the link Circulars.

Ms. Rita A Teaotia, IAS (GJ:1981), Special Secretary, Department of Telecommunications, Ministry of Communications and Information Technology as Secretary, Department of Commerce

A sum of Rs 27,000 crore is lying as unclaimed amount in the EPF, which will be utilized for the welfare of workers. My ministry is contemplating schemes (for its utilization)," says, Shri Dattatreya MOS for Labor and Employment

BSNL TO GIVE FREE NATIONAL ROAMING FROM 15.6.2015 ACCORDINGLY TO SHRI RAVI SHANKAR PRASAD, HON'BLE MOC.

MTNL's loss Rs.595.11 crore in the quarter ended with 31st March. MTNL is reported to have run into a loss of Rs.595.11 crore in the quarter ended with 31st March 2015. However, income from operations of the Company has increased during this period. MTNL has earned Rs.876.42 crore from operations during this period, whereas, the amount stood at only Rs.841.73 crore for the same period during last year. On the overall, MTNL's net loss during 2014-15 comes to Rs.2893.39 crore. The Company earned a net profit of Rs.7825.13 crore during the previous year

The MTNL Mazdoor Sangh has submitted a comprehensive Memorandum to the Hon'ble Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi on the issue of revival of MTNL. For details see link Issues Taken Up.


The Forum of Unions and Associations in MTNL Delhi have submitted a memorandum to the Hon'ble Prime Minister.  The same is kept in the link Issues Taken Up 


A convention of all Central Trade Unions was held at Mavalankar hall on 26.5.15 under the leadership of BMS to protest against the anti worker policies of the central Government. The convention issued a joint declaration. There will be a one day strike on 2.9.15 all over India. The joint declaration is kept at link Circulars.
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