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BSNL proposes Rs 240-cr expansion in TN circle

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Coimbatore , Oct. 1

BSNL Tamil Nadu Circle is contemplating a mega expansion of its mobile services on an estimated outlay of Rs 240 crore.

Briefing presspersons, the Principal General Manager (Telecommunications), BSNL Coimbatore, Mr R. Varadarajan, said the TN Circle proposed to provide nine lakh connections with 1,000 additional cell towers within the next two years.

The expansion has been aimed at improving and extending cover service. Mr Varadarajan is hoping the Coimbatore SSA to have one Mobile Switching Centre (MSC) and 85 additional cell towers with additional capacity of 1.3 lakh connections under this project.

At present, BSNL has an MSC at Salem and Tiruchi.

According to him, the proposed additional cell towers would have enhanced features such as EDGE, WCDMA (High Speed Data), push to talk and location-based services (Navigational).

As on date, the number of mobile prepaid and post-paid connections is said to be just over 58,000, with the prepaid connections alone at 33,400. The pending application for the prepaid mobile service is said to be as high as 21,000.

The service provider was planning to introduce `excel' prepaid recharge coupon for Rs 3,000 soon. The validity of the coupon would be for a year and the talk time - for the same amount, he said.

To reduce cable fault complaints, BSNL would be commissioning a new technology at Coimbatore by November this year, he said and added that the Broadband service was expected to be commissioned by March 2005.

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