BSNL is planning for a major face-lift by this year end for landline service connections across India. The government run operator is about to invest Rs 400 crore as part of the development projects. As per the reports, BSNL is planning to include more contemporary services for the landline subscribers including video calling and free call transfer from mobile phones.
Next Generation Network
Reportedly, BSNL has a total of 37,639 exchanges spread across India. Of the 37,639 exchanges, BSNL claims about 30,008 exchanges to be working on technology from C-DoT and the rest of the exchanges using importing technology. As per the information from the BSNL sources, transforming C-DoT exchanges to NGN exchange will require minimal investment where as converting exchanges working on importing technology will be expensive. They are forecasting an investment between Rs 300 to Rs 400 crore for NGN roll out.
R K Upadhyay, Chairman and Managing Director BSNL stated “We have started process of converting all our exchanges to NGN (Next Generation Network) exchanges. This will bring to landline all facilities that are currently available on mobile phones like video calling, call transfer, directory among others.”
According to reports, the next generation technology in landline services is expected to bring advanced services like transferring calls automatically from mobile phone to landline, when the user is at home. Further, BSNL is also trying to implement this facility in corporate firms that will enhance the call transfer facilities within an organization through the extension number route which will be helpful for establishing connection between both managers and employees. Moreover, BSNL is planning to provide a host of value added services for their landline users by the end of this fiscal year.
Above all that, BSNL is planning to revive landline business leveraging the potential of broadband services. The latest generation fixed line landline phones are expected to minimize the operational and maintenance costs for the company.