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Saturday, May 31, 2014

31.05.2014:BSNL Employees, July 2014 Industrial DA (IDA) Rates to be Increased...

BSNL Employees Industrial Dearness Allowance (IDA) Rates from July 2014 to be increased first time in 2014-2015
All India Consumer Price Index (IW) is based on weighted average of prices of consumer goods and services which calculates on average for the specified months of March, April and May 2014 issued by the Department of Labour Bureau by taking price changes for each item in the predetermined basket of goods.
BSNL Employees IDA (Industrial DA Rates) from 1st July 2014

Now, as per All India Consumer Price Index Numbers for Industrial Workers - CPI(IW) issued by Department of Labour Bureau, CPI has been increased to 239 for the month of March 2014 and also recorded an increase of 3 points in CPI Index for April 2014 and stood at 242, with a total increase of 4 points which is to be taken for July 2014(01-07-2014) Industrial Dearness Allowance (IDA) rates.

Based on this average of Consumer Price Index Numbers for Industrial Workers-CPI(IW), Industrial Dearness Allowance (IDA) rates of BSNL Employees to be increased by 2.4% which raises to 90.8% from 1st July 2014 from existing BSNL IDA rates.

If there is an increase in points of CPI index for the month of May 2014, then the IDA rates from July 2014 will be increased more, otherwise the IDA rates of BSNL employees from July 2014 will be increased by around 2.4% from present Industrial DA (IDA) rates.

The increased IDA rates @ 2.4% from July 2014 has been confirmed after getting average price index number of May 2014, then after Department of Public Enterprises will issue the orders for increased IDA rates from 01.07.2014, and have a look for old Industrial Dearness Allowance(IDA)

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

21.05.2014:BSNL, Vels University sign MoU to offer MBA in telecom management

CHENNAI: BSNL and Vels University have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to offer MBA in telecom management.

This is a two year regular MBA course with four semesters, which comprises of class room coaching, lab sessions and field visits, according to a press release.

"The programme aspires to bring together academia and industry in the larger interest of telecom and IT sectors and is also an example of private-public partnership. Though the telecom sector is on the path of exponential growth, there is an acute shortage of skilled professionals equipped with both managerial acumen and technical know-how. According to analysts, telecom sector in India is poised to generate (direct & indirect) employment opportunities for about eight to 10 million professionals in the coming years," said the release.

National Academy of Telecom Finance and Management (NATFM), a management institute of BSNL, and Rajiv Gandhi Memorial Telecom Training Centere (RGM TTC), a telecom training center of BSNL Tamil Nadu circle, will be the nodal agencies for co-ordination with Vels University.

This course is open to undergraduates of all disciplines subject to qualifying their final examination, said the release.

21.05.2014:BSNL Board meeting scheduled for 06.06.2014 – JTO RR amendment will be one of the agenda.

Monday, May 19, 2014

19-05-2014 : There is increase of 2.5% revenue in BSNL. GSM revenue increase is 5% as per reliable information...

Courtesy: NFTE CHQ website..

19-05-2014: We, the Young generation of BSNL, expect Our New set of Govt of India will try its best to revive BSNL from its lost Glory.....we expect PSUs including BSNL will be given due importance to revive...

New Govt   may understand that only a few bold step is necessary to revive BSNL.
if kerala Circle could do , then why other circle as well as whole BSNL cant do.
Like INDIA, BSNL also  need good governance to revive and as BSNL is the only telecom service provider of GOVT and it is linked with the future of lakhs of employees specially for youngers  so it should be given due importance.

Friday, May 9, 2014

10.09.2014:Exclusive: BSNL Redefines Minimum Bandwidth as 512Kbps for Unlimited Broadband Plans

BSNL Redefines Broadband Minimum Bandwidth(Download Speed) for Internet as 512Kbps for all Unlimited Broadband Plans...
For all BSNL Broadband Users, great relieving news from BSNL.,ie.,Fair Usage Policy (FUP) which makes you fear factor, is not going to be same. BSNL is going to double the FUP speed limit from 256Kbps to 512Kbps for all Unlimited Broadband Plans.
BSNL Redefines Minimum Bandwidth as 512Kbps for Unlimited Broadband Plans
For all internet savvy having BSNL Unlimited Broadband connection, then this is a good relief with new enhanced minimum bandwidth from 256 Kbps to 512 Kbps for 11 types of Unlimited Broadband Plans which is a great decision taken by the reputed broadband telecom operator BSNL.
This Fair Usage Policy (FUP) increased bandwidth is being implemented for all its top 11 Unlimited plans which are having a biggest consumer base for BSNL across India as follows.
BSNL Broadband Plan Name
Existing Bandwidth
Revised BSNL Bandwidth
BB Home ULD 525 512 Kbps upto 4 GB, after 256 Kbps 512 Kbps Flat
BB Home Combo ULD 650 512 Kbps upto 4 GB, after 256 Kbps 512 Kbps Flat
BBG Combo ULD 1800 upto 2 Mbps till 40 GB, after 256 Kbps upto 2 Mbps till 40 GB, after 512 Kbps
BBG Combo ULD 2250 upto 1 Mbps till 100 GB, after 256 Kbps upto 1 Mbps till 100 GB, after 512 Kbps
BB CSC ULD 999 upto 2 Mbps till 20 GB, after 256 Kbps upto 2 Mbps till 20 GB, after 512 Kbps
Flexi General Combo Plan 500 upto 2 Mbps till 3 GB, after 256 Kbps upto 2 Mbps till 3 GB, after 512 Kbps
Flexi General Combo Plan 750 upto 2 Mbps till 5 GB, after 256 Kbps upto 2 Mbps till 5 GB, after 512 Kbps
Flexi General Combo Plan 1000 upto 2 Mbps till 10 GB, after 256 Kbps upto 2 Mbps till 10 GB, after 512 Kbps
Flexi General Combo Plan 1250 upto 4 Mbps till 12 GB, after 256 Kbps upto 4 Mbps till 12 GB, after 512 Kbps
Flexi General Combo Plan 1500 upto 4 Mbps till 20 GB, after 256 Kbps upto 4 Mbps till 20 GB, after 512 Kbps
BB Home ULD 540 CS23
(In Bangalore Telecom District only)
1 Mbps upto 4GB,
after 256 Kbps
1 Mbps upto 4GB, 
after 512 Kbps

All the existing customers with old bandwidth will automatically be  migrated to new higher speed to enjoy the download speed of minimum 512 Kbps, and this new upgraded bandwidth for certain BSNL Unlimited Broadband Plans has been implemented from 1st June 2014 which is applicable for all existing and new broadband customers of all the BSNL circles across India.

09.05.2014:Management Committee of BSNL has approved JTOs recruitment rule, now it will be sent to BSNL Board for final approval. ...courtsay from nfte site

09-05-2014: krishnagar SSA news on corruption......Courtsey ANANDABAZAR PATRIKA

two GM level officer alongwith 15 others officer and workers of krishnagar SSA are involved in chargsheet  for corruption in purchsing cable testing equipment  submitted by CBI Anti corruption witngs in special Court. the news published in ANANDABAZAR PATRIKA....on 9 th may, 2014. the estimated amount of corruption are about 1.5 crores. the investigation by CBI was continued for more than one year.... 

09-05-2014: BSNL chief RK Upadhyay likely to get two-month extension ......ET news

Bharat Sanchar Nigam's chairman and managing director RK Upadhyay is likely to get an extension of just two months, till June 30 to oversee the conclusion of the loss-making public sector telecom operator's revival plans. The decision marks an end to the recent face-off between communications minister Kapil Sibal and the department of telecom (DoT) over handling of leadership succession at the national telecom carrier. 

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

08.05.2014:DoT to shortly waive BSNL's microwave royalty, satellite spectrum fees

KOLKATA: The government's efforts to revive financially stressed Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd. continues. The telecom department will shortly waive nearly Rs 102 crore of microwave royalty and satellite spectrum charges payable annually by BSNL, according to an internal note.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

07.05.2014:Telecom Secretary seeks speedy clearance of sops for tower companies

KOLKATA: Telecom secretary MF Farooqui has urged the Department of Economic Affairs (DEA) to speedily clear a compost of incentives to give telecom tower companies like Bharti Infratel, Viom Networks, Indus Towers, GTL and Reliance Infratel a shot-in-the-arm.

n the run-up to the next Union budget that will be placed by the new government post-conclusion of the current Lok Sabha elections, the telecom secretary has urged DEA to hasten clearances for accelerated depreciation benefits and also pave the way for concessional loans with longer tenuresthe telecom secretary has urged DEA to hasten clearances for accelerated depreciation benefits and also pave the way for concessional loans with longer tenures of 12-to-15 years to help cash-strapped tower companies meet capex costs, according to government documents.
Farooqui has also urged DEA to examine whether tower companies can take the overseas borrowings route to meet working capital needs and repay rupee loans. At present, the finance ministry only allows telecom companies to tap the external commercial borrowings route for spectrum payments and capex. It does not allow repayment of Indian debt through ECBs.
Though DEA has included telecom as an infrastructure sub-sector in the harmonized master list, Farooqui believes without these complimentary incentives, it will be difficult to "realise the impact of such inclusion".
"Telecom is a capital-intensive sector and a suitable resolution to these issues would step up investments and improve penetration to unreached areas," says Farooqui in a letter to DEA secretary, Arvind Mayaram. But in an accompanying note, the DoT has rejected the telecom infrastructure industry's demand for excise exemption and import duty cuts, and has communicated as much to the DEA. "We do not support lowering of import duties on telecom finished products as all items required by tower infrastructure providers are available domestically," says the DoT in this supplementary note.
DoT, however, has made a strong pitch for provision of viability gap funding (VGF) to telecom operators and tower companies to help them meet their green energy targets mandated by the government. "VGF is available to long-gestation projects of national importance, and telecom companies must also be considered for VGF". At present, VGF is extended in multiple forms such as capital grants, subordinated loans, operation & maintenance (O&M) support grants and interest subsidy, said a relate DoT note.
Telcos and tower operators maintain they cannot meet the immediate Rs 40,000-crore capex requirement for powering some 2 lakh tower sites with alternate, renewable energy sources such as solar, fuel cells or wind as part of the telecom department's green policy targets unveiled two years ago.

07.05.2014:BSNL exploring ways to improve Internet connectivity in north-eastern States

State-owned Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) is in the process of firming up plans to put in place an alternative route for improving Internet connectivity in six north-eastern States through Bangladesh.
Compared to the National tele-density average of over 76 per cent, the north-eastern States (Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Manipur, Nagaland and Tripura; apart from Assam) have approximately 60 per cent tele-density.
The telco is looking to finalise the technical and financial details to lease bandwidth from Bangladesh Telecommunication Ltd – a Bangladeshi telecom operator – and, Bangladesh Submarine Cable Company Ltd , a fibre-optic submarine cable telecom company.
According to an internal note of BSNL, it has “constituted a team” for finalising the proposal with their Bangladeshi counterparts. The team will “soon” be sent to Dhaka.
The route so proposed will be through Chennai to the North Eastern States via Cox’s Bazar (Bangladesh). (Assam is considered as a separate circle in telecom parlance; hence not included.) The proposed optical fibre network, for Agartala-Cox’s Bazar-Chennai, will be on submarine (deep sea) cable.
Geographical proximity of Cox’s Bazar to these states is one of the reasons. Also important is the location of Bangladesh’s only submarine cable landing station at Cox’s Bazar (required for laying the optical fibre network).
Bangladesh is connected through the international Internet gateway or SEA-ME-WE 4 (South-East Asia – Middle East – Western Europe 4) cable system.
Connectivity issues
The cable system, developed by 16 telcos globally, links Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Italy, Tunisia, Algeria and France.
The current Internet link in the North-East is the Dharmanagar (Tripura) – Shillong (Meghalaya) – Kolkata (West Bengal) one; that is often affected by natural calamities.
BSNL, apart from Aizwal (Mizoram) and Itanagar (Arunachal Pradesh), has been able to provide Internet connectivity in the North-East through the otherwise circuitous ‘chicken’s neck region’ route through hiring of “adequate bandwidth” from Power Grid Corporation Ltd.
Cost analysis
According to the internal note, BSNL has suggested that an ILD-Gateway at Agartala, Tripura be set up at an estimated cost of ₹20 crore.
An international long distance (ILD) gateway is a telephone number through which calls are routed to get cheaper rates on international long distance charges, or for making voice over Internet protocol (VOIP) networks.
Another ₹13 crore will be spent in augmenting the existing internet network of BSNL in the region. Funds, sources said, will be provided by the Centre under the United Service Obligation Fund of India.

06-05-2014: snattawbtc welcomes the newly recruited DRTTAs .. induction training will be completed within 16 th may , 2014

Monday, May 5, 2014

05-05-2014: BSNL aims to double post-paid users in one year......PTI news

As it aims to double its post-paid mobile customer base to 10 per cent in one year, BSNL has launched a facility wherein bills can be paid at over 5 lakh of its franchises or retailers all the seven days in a week.
The State-owned telecom firm has been citing bill payment problem as one of the issues for decline in its high revenue post-paid customer base.
“One of the reason for our declining post-paid users was the problems related to bill payment. But with the launch of this new facility from May 1, we are targeting to double our post-paid users to 10 per cent by May next year,” BSNL Director (Consumer Mobility) Anupam Shrivastava toldPTI.
Currently, 5 per cent of BSNL’s users are post paid as most of them prefer pre-paid due to hassles in bill payment.
Customers had to pay the bills on BSNL’s counters and billing centres during working hours only, which used to be a problem for working professionals.
The state-run company had 9.48 crore wireless subscribers at the end of February 2014.
“The average revenue per user (ARPU) for post-paid is around Rs. 400 whereas for pre-paid, it is in the range of Rs 90-100. It will be good for BSNL’s profitability, if we can increase the post paid users,” Mr. Shrivastava said.
He added the company has attractive post-paid plans but most of the people prefer pre-paid due to bill payment.
BSNL has a network of around 5 lakh franchisees and retailers across the country. The new facility will allow users to pay bills all the seven days and also during government holidays.
No additional amount will be charged from customers for using this facility.
BSNL has been logging losses since 2009-10. The company’s profits started declining after 2004-05, when it had made net gains of Rs. 10,183 crore.
The government had also constituted a Group of Ministers (GoM) for revival of BSNL and MTNL.