BSNL adds 22 lakh customers per month in March quarter

The state-owned telecom operator BSNL said that it has added average 22 lakh new connections every month in January-March of 2015-16.

Apr 12, 2016 01:04 IST India Infoline News Service

The state-owned telecom operator BSNL said that it has added average 22 lakh new connections every month in January-March of 2015-16.

The telco said in a statement that per month new gross connections in mobile telephony has gone up to 22 lakh from 8 lakh per month.

BSNL attributes the rise in number of customer base to recent offers and discounts in tariffs. The company has announced offers like free roaming across the country, 80% reduction in call rates for pre-paid customers, among others to provide better facilities and attract  customers.

BSNL is also offering per minute plans like charging 10 paise per minute for on-Net voice calls and 30 paise/minute for off-Net calls while per second plans include 1 paisa per 3 seconds for on-Net calls and 2 paise/3 second for off-Net calls.

Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad recently asked BSNL to step out of the office and work harder for expanding its customer base.
Speaking at a recent event by BSNL, the Telecom Minister said, "I am even ready to sit and sell sims for BSNL. I would like to see the customer base to grow 1 crore net in 2016-17."

He further said, "If BSNL can market its product with right strategy, I am sure we will see same kind of revolution in landline segment as we have seen in mobile telephony."

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