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  1. Government plans free wi-fi in 2,500 cities, towns in mega internet push

The government will roll out free high-speed wi-fi in 2,500 cities

and towns across the country over three years and the programme,

involving an investment of up to Rs 7,000 crore, will be

implemented by state-owned Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd  

(BSNL).However, the free ride will be only for a limited time, after

which one would have to pay for further access, a model similar to

what is being offered at airports and other places by private

operators. For those having a BSNL or MTNL connection, the

switch-over to wi-fi will be similar to roaming "at very nominal

costs" once the free usage is over. "The services will begin in the

next financial year (2015-16) and we plan to offer these to

subscribers of all mobile operators," BSNL chairman and managing

director Anupam Shrivastava told TOI here. The measure seems to

be in line with the Modi government's ambitious 'Digital India'

programme that aims at boosting internet connectivity across the

country. Also, it is being seen as a measure that will give a boost to

struggling BSNL, which has been in the red for the last nearly four

financial years and suffered a loss of about Rs 7,000 crore in

2013-14. Telecom minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has already listed

revival of BSNL and MTNL among his top priorities. Shrivastava,

who recently took over as the CMD of the ailing PSU, said that

most of the top cities around the country will be getting the wi-fi

facility that aims to provide fast internet speed. "The cities where it

will be rolled out include Kolkata, Chennai, Lucknow, Dehradun,

Hyderabad, Varanasi, Bhopal, Jaipur, Patna, Indore, Chandigarh and

Ludhiana." The BSNL CMD said the wi-fi speed will be "of 4G

levels" as the company will develop it around its vast optic fibre and

cable network. "Around 50,000-60,000 wi-fi hotspots will be set up

as part of the programme." BSNL is hoping that a favourable tariff

plan offered for wi-fi services will help it gain mobile subscribers.

Stiff competition from private operators and slow pace of

infrastructure upgrades have seen flight of mobile customers from

BSNL at a time when its landline base is also shrinking."We are

sitting on the verge of a data revolution and BSNL has a huge

potential here on the back of our landline base and capability. Data

capability will be a game changer in the next few years and we will

gain a lot through such measures," Shrivastava said. Data is

significant for the PSU's revenues. Data business is expected to

generate Rs 1,500 crore out of Rs 13,500 crore revenue estimated

through mobile business. "And, of nearly Rs 14,000 crore from

fixed line business, half will be through broadband and data

services," Shrivastava said.

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THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC ENTERPRISES HAS RELEASED IDA ORDERS FROM OCTOBER 2014.  AS PREDICTED BY THIS SITE, THE IDA INCREASES BY 6.8%.. FOR DETAILS SEE LINK ORDERS


IDA DUE FROM 1.10.2014 IS 6.8%. TOTAL IDA DUE IS 98.16%

WE EXTEND GREETINGS ON THE OCCASION OF VISHWAKARMA JAYANTHI


9.9.2014.  The MTNL Mazdoor Sangh has given a notice to the management for agitation on several long pending issues.  The management appealed to the union to call off the agitation. In a letter addressed to the General Secretary which is placed in the link circulars, the management has agreed to consider some of the issues and discuss with the union with regards to some other items. 


The General Secretary MTNL Mazdoor Sangh Shri Dharam Raj has led a delegation of MTNL office bearers to Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, Hon'ble Minister for Communications and congratulated him. The Hon'ble Minister assured to call a meeting of the union's representtives for an in depth discussion over MTNL affairs.


The Government of India has issued Gazettee notification with regards to Pension for MTNL absorbed employeed. For details see link Orders.


The Unioon cabinet which met today has approved the pension scheme for MTNL employees at par with BSNL employees. Congratulations to all


FINALLY SOME GOOD NEWS TO THE BSNL AND MTNL EMPLOYEES. THE UNION CABINET WHICH MET TODAY HAS APPROVED FOR REFUND OF BB WIRELESS SPECTRUM CHARGES DUE TO BSNL AND MTNL.


The Notice for the Federal Council of Indian Telecom Employees Federation to be held on 21 and 22 November at Naik, Maharashtra is issued and is kept in the link CWC Meetings.


30.9.2013: The Consumer Price Index for Industrial Workers for the month of August 2013 increased by just 2 points as against the expected 4 points. The IDA increase with effect from 1st October 2013 will thus  be 6.6%, i.e., a total IDA of 85.5%.


18.9.2013: The two representative unions in MTNL i.e. MTNL Mazdoor Sangh in Delhi and the MTNKS union representing MTNL Mumbai have entered into an agreement with the MTNL Management with regards to Pension issue at par with the BSNL employees. The agreeemnt was signed on 3.9.2013.  A section of the press has crried out a story line that over 30 unions have entered into an agreement with the management which is grosly inacurate.  Copy of the agreement is placed in the link Circulars.


12.9.13. The case filed by MTNL Mazdoor Sangh with regards to grant of additional IDA of 9.4% will come up for hearing on 12.9.13.


12.9.13. The process of selection of CMDs for MTNL and BSNL will be with DPE instead of the search committee.


30.9.2013: The All India Conference of the Bharatiya Telecom Employees Union (BSNL) will be held at Nasik (Maharashtra) on 21 and 22 November 2013.


14.8.2013: MTNL Mazdoor Sangh wishess one and all a very happy and prosperous 66th INDEPENDENCE DAY.


7.8.2013: MTNL  has a good internet penetration in India while BSNL leads the market with highiest internet penetration in India. TRAI has revealed the data of top Internet service providers in India in the first quarter of 2013. BSNL continues to lead the Internet (broadband) service provider market with 60.74 percent share. The state-run BSNL has 13.12 million Internet subscribers at the end of March 2013, TRAI said. This telecom statistics does not include Internet accessed by mobile phones. The second largest player — Reliance Communications has 2.49 million Internet users followed by MTNL with 1.96 million internet users in India.

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