“The government did not allot 4G spectrum to BSNL, although BSNL’s 3G service is superior to the 4G service of other operators at various cities, as per Telecom Regulatory Authority of India data,” said Sebastian.
The letter also says BSNL’s optical fibre network of a little more than 750,000 route kilometres is more than that of Reliance Jio (325,000), Airtel (250,000) and Vodafone Idea (160,000) put together. And, that network is in every nook and corner of the country, says Sebastian.
has real estate assets at all prime locations, worth more than Rs 3 trillion. It has 661,000 tower assets and 90 per cent of the Bharatnet project work has been done by it.
“During natural calamities and emergency situations like that in Jammu & Kashmir, BSNL performed in an outstanding way, without looking for profits,” urges Sebastian.
About half the 176,000 employees at BSNL are estimated to retire in the next five to six years. If even half of those eligible (above 50 years) opt for a VRS, that would be 40,000 people.
BSNL’s loss in 2018-19 is estimated at Rs 14,000 crore. The figure was Rs 4,859 crore in 2015-16, Rs 4,793 crore in 2016-17 and Rs 7,993 crore in 2017-18.