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As Per Latest Information Department of Telecommunication (DoT) instructed to use BSNL/MTNL services in all Government departments, ministries, public sector units and autonomous bodies.

BSNL – the one and only state-run operator – was not given 4G spectrum

The Government of India Telecom Department has issued instructions to all central government departments, ministries, public bodies and autonomous agencies on the mandatory use of telecom services provided by state operators – Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) & Telephone Mahanagar Nigam Limited (MTNL).

DoT in its letter dated 12th October 2020, addressed to secretaries of all ministries/departments of the Government of India instructed for the mandatory utilization of telecom services offered by BSNL/MTNL. DoT recommended using of internet, broadband, landline and leased line service of BSNL/MTNL in all central government departments and public sector units. DoT issued these instructions in consultation with the Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance

The following was stated in an official DoT instruction sent to the secretaries of all government of India ministries and departments: “The government of India has, among other things, approved the mandatory utilization of capacities of BSNL and MTNL by all ministries and departments of the government of India, CPSEs, and Central Autonomous Bodies. Accordingly, it is demanded of all Ministries and Departments to provide the appropriate directives, including to CPSEs and Central Autonomous Organizations under their authority, for the required mandatory use of the BSNL/MTNL network for internet, broadband, landline, and leased lines.

The Union Cabinet decided to require the usage of the BSNL and MTNL communication networks. In a letter dated September 4, 2020, the Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance requested the Department of Telecommunication (DoT) issue the necessary instructions to all parties involved, citing that the matter had been decided in consultation with the Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance. And on October 12, 2020, DoT issued directives to all central government departments/ministries, CPSEs, and autonomous entities based on these proposals.

However, the necessary use of BSNL/MTNL mobile services is not mentioned in the letter from the DoT above. The lone state-run provider, BSNL, was not allocated 4G spectrum while all other commercial carriers are rapidly growing their 4G networks! According to current TRAI telecom subscription data, the PSU is growing its mobile subscriber base every month even without 4G. According to a survey from the TRAI My Call Analytics webpage, BSNL is India’s top mobile network for voice quality. If 4G spectrum is also allocated to this state-run telecom provider, we may also anticipate a similar TRAI report for data services. We are hopeful that the government would give BSNL, which is wholly owned by the government, 4G spectrum as soon as possible to ensure a level playing field in the telecom sector.

Please share your thoughts and ideas regarding the DoT’s most recent directives requiring the use of BSNL/MTNL telecom services by all central government agencies and ministries in the comments section below, dear readers. How many of you will tell your friends and family about BSNL’s services?

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Written by Shallu Srivastav

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