In December last year, Indian telecom department accepted BSNL’s offer to surrender its broadband wireless access (BWA) spectrum in most regions of the country.
However, the telco wants to keep the spectrum in some regions across the country.
In 2010, the telco expended Rs 19,000 crore to acquire this spectrum and at present, it has no plans to surrender any spectrum for 3G services, besides it also wants to continue BWA spectrum in some of the selected regions.
BSNL To Create A Separate Company Subsidiary For Tower Infrastructure Now, BSNL is planning to hive off its telecom tower infrastructure into a separate subsidiary and for this, it’s going to appoint consultants to suggest the roadmap.
In mobile plans, BSNL has introduced the following plans – STV 187 (unlimited calls to any network with roaming, 1GB data a day free, 100 SMS a day free with validity of 28 days, STV 123 (2,345 seconds free calling daily to any network, validity 28 days), Plan 349 (unlimited calls to any network, 1GB data per day, 100 SMS per day free, validity 54 days).
It has come up with Plan 429 (unlimited calls to any network, 1GB data per day, 100 SMS per day free, validity 81 days), Plan 485 (unlimited calls to any network, data 1.5 GB a day, 100 SMS a day free and validity of 90 days) and Plan 666 (unlimited calls to any network, data 1.5 GB per day, 100 SMS per day free and validity of 129 days), according to the release. This time, BSNL is aggressive to monetize its 10 prime properties and that’s why, it’s going to appoint consultants over next four to five months in Mumbai, Hyderabad, Gurgaon, Chennai and other.Besides, it’s also going to appoint consultants for seven factories including Mumbai, Richhai, Kolkata, Bhilai, Gopalpur (Kolkata), Jabalpur and Kharagpur.BSNL’s Fiscal Loss In fiscal 2004-05, BSNL reported a whopping profit of Rs 10,183 crore, and since, its profit has continuously been declining.In fiscal 2009-10, the net loss of the telco rose to Rs 1,823 crore and it reached to Rs 6,384 crore during the fiscal 2010-11.The plan does not, however, offer any additional data or voice benefits.One more thing to note here is the fact telecom operator's new international recharge is valid only till 9 September 2019.BSNL is seeing an opportunity after bringing tower infrastructure business under a separate company for the optimum utilization.In addition to these, the state owned telecom operator is also planning to unlock whole/substantial potential value through strategic stake sales, acquisitions or separate ‘Initial public Offer’ (IPO) and merger.As per a report by BSNL's Rs 168 recharge is so far only available to subscribers in the Kerala circle.What this plan offers is only the ability to activate international roaming on your phone and/or extend the validity of international roaming.