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Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL)

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Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL)

  • 100 per cent Government owned Public Sector Undertaking
  • Workforce of around 186,000 
  • Total broadband subscribers stood at 24.91 million as of January 2020
  • Total consolidated expense of Rs 34,224.93 crore (US$ 4.89 billion) in FY19

BSNL is a technology-oriented company and provides all types of telecom services namely telephone services on wireline, wireless local loop (WLL) and mobile, broadband, internet, leased circuits and long-distance telecom service. The company has been in the forefront of technology with 100 per cent digital technology switching network. BSNL’s nation-wide telecommunications network covers all district headquarters, sub-divisional headquarters, Tehsil headquarters and almost all the block headquarters.

As of April 2019, it had about 29.63-million-line basic telephone capacity, 1.39 million WLL capacity, 114.62 million GSM capacity, 31,611 fixed exchanges, 1,46,172 GSM BTSs, 95 Satellite Stations, 8,49,990 route kilometre (RKm) of OFC, 2,548 RKm of microwave network.


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Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL)- Connecting India Faster

2018 Received approval from Department of Telecommunications to launch 4G services
2013 Telegram services discontinued
2009 Launched 3G services pan India
2007 Secured 80 per cent of Department of Telecom's rural mobile telephony towers to set up 8,000 telecommunication towers
2000 Incorporated on September 15, 2000


Updated: May, 2019

As of 2019, India holds the world’s highest data usage per smartphone at an average of 9.8 GB per month. It is expected to double to 18 GB by 2024.