"...Citizens have no reason to panic as mobile towers emit low level radiation, which is within the prescribed Department of Telecom, Government of India norms which makes mobile towers completely safe," COAI Director-General Rajan Mathews said in a statement.
"A total of 1,150 (4G towers) will be installed in various districts as a part of the 4 GSM expansion project to extend higher data speeds of 4G services to the customers of BSNL," Telangana Telecom Circle's Chief General Manager L Anantharam said at a press conference here yesterday.
5G is expected to launch in developed countries by 2020 and by 2022, in India.
State-run BSNL has earmarked around Rs 4,300 crore for capital expenditure in the current fiscal and plans to have 75,000 wifi hotspots by end of the next fiscal.
In an operation late last evening, the agency had arrested Gupta Chandra Bidika, Additional General Manager, Microwave Project, Bhubaneswar.
Major reasons for losses include resource crunch, low capacity utilisation, oil plant and machinery, stiff competition, weak marketing and mismanagement.
Reports say that the government is once again contemplating merging the two public sector giants MTNL and BSNL. It’s now a ritual with every government since 2002 to announce the possibility of a merger between the two companies.
The Public Enterprises Survey, tracking the performance of CPSEs in 2015-16, revealed that the top three loss-making CPSEs -- SAIL, BSNL and Air India -- incurred a loss equal to 51.65 per cent of the total loss made by the top 10 loss-making CPSEs in 2015-16.
Amid renewed push for BSNL-MTNL merger, BSNL CMD Anupam Shrivastava has said the combination will be "advantageous" for both the state-owned telecom firms but issues pertaining to debt and salary structure will need to be sorted out first.
"The benefits customer will get under the Combo STV (special tariff voucher) of Rs 339 are unlimited calls in BSNL network and unlimited data with fair use policy of 2 GB per day with validity of 28 days," BSNL said in a statement.
A Parliamentary panel has suggested merger of state-run telecom firms BSNL and MTNL for their long-term survival.
"BSNL inaugurated 100GB email storage services and the demonstration on Data Radio Service," BSNL Chairman and Managing Director Anupam Shrivastava tweeted.
After a hiatus of few years, the proposal to merge BSNL and MTNL is back on the discussion table with top officials at the telecom department once again 'brainstorming' on various options before the two loss-making, state-owned entities.
The average peak download speed on Reliance Jio network more than doubled to 17.42 megabit per second at the end of January, according to data by telecom regulator Trai.
The company as part of launching the mobile service would invest about Rs 300 crore besides generating employments to 1,000 people, Adpay Mobile Payment India Pvt Ltd., Founder-CEO, Sivakumar Kuppusamy said.
State-owned Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd is all set to sign a memorandum of understanding with Nokia in the areas of 5G and Internet of Things (IoT).
Telecom regulator TRAI is examining the limited fixed mobile telephony services of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd following objections raised by the cellular operators, and a decision is expected soon.
"The project was approved in September 2014 but it came to BSNL in April 2016. BSNL is expecting to place execution order in April after which roll-out of the project will start in July and should be completed by December 2018," a source told PTI.
The duration (pulse) of each local call from BSNL landline to BSNL landline has been reduced from three minutes to two minutes, a BSNL spokesman said here today.
Under this plan, fixed monthly charges of Rs 49 is being charged for first six months and after that, the customer shall be charged as per the general plan of the respective area.
"Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has decided to offer up to four times extra data on existing data STVs (special tariff vouchers) available in the market," BSNL said in a statement.
Telecom subscriber base grew by 21.02 million to cross 1.12 billion at end-November 2016 on account of large number of additions by Reliance Jio.
State-owned BSNL's losses have narrowed to Rs 4,890 crore for the nine months ended December 31, 2016, from Rs 6,121 crore in the year-ago period.
Under the Combo 2601, the telecom PSU will offer Rs 2,600 talktime in the main account along with Rs 1,300 talktime in a secondary account. The talktime under the secondary account, which comes with a time limit of three months, will have to be exhausted first by the consumer.