NEW DELHI: Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has deployed 54,000 telecom towers in a year which is higher than the combined figures of the previous three years, and those put up by any private telco.
BSNL has installed 54,000 towers during 2018-2019, and has also started putting up 4G towers and has installed about 5,340 4G towers till April-2019, the state-run telco in a statement said.
Backed by enhanced customer service, affordable tariff and network expansion, India’s fourth-largest telco’s market share increased to 10.63% from 9% a year ago.
In addition, during the course of last year, more than 5 million subscribers have ported their number to BSNL from other operators by way of mobile number portability (MNP) facility.
BSNL and Mukesh Ambani-owned Reliance Jio have demonstrated the net addition of nearly a million subscribers during February 2019, according to sector regulator.
The state-run telco has been running pilot 4G services across the country on the 3G spectrum in the 2100 Mhz band and has been demanding allocation of additional radiowaves for high-speed data services commercial foray.
Earlier, BSNL chairman Anupam Shrivastava said that the telco would launch 4G services as soon as it receives a go-ahead from the Narendra Modi-led NDA government.
Backed by enterprise business and internal cost-cutting, the telco has narrowed down the loss to nearly Rs 7,500 crore in FY 2018-19, according to the unaudited data.