Indore: State-run Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) Saturday said its recent shift to sophisticated technology coupled with financial discipline have boosted the revenue by 8.4 percent in the first half of FY12 to Rs 402 crore in Madhya Pradesh circle.
In a major policy shift, the BSNL decided to do away with the instruments provided for basic landline connections and data card users in laptop, to avoid unnecessary burden of repair and maintenance, N K Yadav, Chief General Manager (MP and Chhattisgarh Circle) told a press conference here.
"The revenue of BSNL in MP has shown a rising trend at Rs 401 cr in the first half of this financial year as compared to Rs 370 crore in the corresponding period last fiscal," he said.
The state-run service provider had witnessed degradation in services and subsequent loss in its revenue by 11 percent at Rs 875 cr in FY11 as against Rs 991 cr in FY10, Yadav said.
Informing that the BSNL has set a target of 15% rise in revenue for the third and the fourth quarters, Yadav said the company did some 'belt-tightening' exercise to restrict the expenditure.
"Despite the burden of salary and wages of employees, BSNL's total expenditure in the first half of FY12 is one percent lesser compared to the first half of previous fiscal," he said.
Unveiling state-of-the-art technology, Yadav said, "BSNL, which bought the WiMax (Broad Wireless access Technology) at Rs 8500 crore will expand the technology network across Madhya Pradesh".
63 Base Transmission Receivers/Towers (BTS) have been erected and over 1000 clients have evinced interest to buy this plan on both prepaid and postpaid services, he added.
Comparing WiMax with 4G services, Yadav said the former could run at the speed of 2 Mbps on internet at minimum plan of Rs 750 per month for unlimited use.
Pointing out that erratic power supply has played a spoilsport even as BSNL extended its BTS network, Yadav announced a slew of new plans like EVDO, wireless internet broadband with EVDO card, CDMA1X for the state.
First Published: Saturday, November 19, 2011, 19:54