The government’s broadband firm Bharat Broadband Network Ltd has appointed officials of the state-run telecom companies MTNL and BSNL on its board of directors.

“We have appointed three directors from BSNL and MTNL, respectively. Now our board is complete,” N Ravi Shankar, CEO, Bharat Broadband Network Ltd (BBNL) said.

The government has formed special purpose vehicle BBNL to roll out broadband network to connect 2.5 lakh panchayats across the country by 2014.

Shankar, who is also the Administrator for Universal Services Obligation Fund at Department of Telecommunications, said that BBNL has appointed MTNL’s AK Bhargava as Director-Operations, BSNL’s PK Agarwal as Director-Planning and Arundhati Panda as Director-Finance.

BBNL has started pilot projects on connecting gram panchayats in three blocks under Ajmer in Rajasthan, Vishakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh and Panisagar in Tripura.

(This article was published on September 26, 2012)
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