The government plans to merge Bharat Broadband Nigam Ltd (BBNL) with the state-run telecom operator Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) this month, a senior authority has said.
BSNL chairman and managing director (CMD) PK Purwar at a recent event coordinated by the All India Graduate Engineers and Telecom officials Association (AIGETOA) said that the government is offering the telecom firm a chance for a turnaround.
“The government has taken a policy decision that BBNL is going to be merged into BSNL. This means all work of BBNL at the pan-India level is going to come to BSNL,” Purwar said at the All India Conference of AIGETOA on March 13. BSNL as of now has a network of over 6.8 lakh kilometers of optical fiber cable (OFC) network. With the proposed consolidation, BSNL will get 5.67 lakh kilometers of optical fiber which has been laid across 1.85 lakh towns in the nation utilizing the Universal Service Obligation Fund (USOF).