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PM and government are standing behind BSNL like a rock

Close to 150,000 BharatNet connections, the government’s rural broadband programme, are being given out, thanks to the good work done by Bharat Sanchar Nigam (BSNL),” said Ashwini Vaishnaw, Union Minister for Railways, Communications, Electronics & Information Technology.

He added that the company is slowly finding its feet. “It has also become profitable now. It’s a big commitment made by our government and the Prime Minister. The PM and the government are standing behind BSNL like a rock, making sure it grows, revives and becomes a very important participant in the sector,” Vaishnaw said.

Last month, the government approved the third revival package for BSNL with a total outlay of Rs 89,047 crore. It is seeking to help the state-owned telecom operator deploy 4G and 5G services

The minister said the government is also working on bringing out the next set of telecom reforms, which will focus heavily on user experience. This compares to user protection, which has been the focus till now.

These will be both structural and procedural in nature, and may be announced in the next few weeks, he added.

CT Bureau

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