BSNL gets DoT permit to provide mobile services in Delhi, Mumbai

Topics BSNL | Telecom industry

Both BSNL and MTNL have been synchronising their operations since 2012.

The Department of Telecom has granted state-run telecom company BSNL licence for 20 years effective from February 29, 2020, to provide mobile, fixed-line, satellite and other communication services across India, including Delhi and Mumbai.

Another state-run PSU MTNL provides telecom services in Delhi and Mumbai and BSNL currently serves the rest of the country.

"The licence shall be valid for a period of 20 years from the effective date of this licence unless revoked...effective date of this licence shall be February 29, 2020," the agreement signed between BSNL and the DoT on December 10 said.

The government approved a long-pending plan of merging the 34-year-old loss -making telecom company Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited with Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited in October 2019.

According to the annexure of the agreement, BSNL has been authorised to cover "local areas served by Delhi, Ghaziabad, Faridabad, Noida and Gurgaon telephone exchanges" and also "local areas served by Mumbai , New Mumbai and Kalyan Telephone exchanges''.

Both BSNL and MTNL have been synchronising their operations since 2012.

MTNL started providing basic telecom service in 1986 in Delhi and Mumbai.The government granted MTNL licence to provide mobile services in October 1997.

MTNL has 33.37 lakh mobile and 30.3 lakh landline customers while BSNL mobile subscriber base stood at 11.88 crore and landline customer base was 77.4 lakh at the end of September 2020.



Dear Reader,


Business Standard has always strived hard to provide up-to-date information and commentary on developments that are of interest to you and have wider political and economic implications for the country and the world. Your encouragement and constant feedback on how to improve our offering have only made our resolve and commitment to these ideals stronger. Even during these difficult times arising out of Covid-19, we continue to remain committed to keeping you informed and updated with credible news, authoritative views and incisive commentary on topical issues of relevance.

We, however, have a request.

As we battle the economic impact of the pandemic, we need your support even more, so that we can continue to offer you more quality content. Our subscription model has seen an encouraging response from many of you, who have subscribed to our online content. More subscription to our online content can only help us achieve the goals of offering you even better and more relevant content. We believe in free, fair and credible journalism. Your support through more subscriptions can help us practise the journalism to which we are committed.

Support quality journalism and subscribe to Business Standard.

Digital Editor

Business Standard is now on Telegram.
For insightful reports and views on business, markets, politics and other issues, subscribe to our official Telegram channel