Cabinet approved third revival package for BSNL with total outlay of Rs. 89,047 cr

The authorized capital of BSNL will be increased from Rs. 1,50,000 crore to Rs. 2,10,000 crore.

Cabinet approved third revival package for BSNL with total outlay of Rs. 89,047 cr

New Delhi: In a significant move, as part of the revival strategy, the Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi approved the third revival package for BSNL with a total outlay of Rs. 89,047 crores. It includes an allotment of 4G/5G spectrum for BSNL through equity infusion.

The authorized capital of BSNL will be increased from Rs. 1,50,000 crore to Rs. 2,10,000 crore.

With this revival package, BSNL will emerge as a stable telecom service provider focused on providing connectivity to the remotest parts of India.

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With this spectrum allotment, BSNL will be able to:

  • Provide pan India 4G and 5G services.
  • Provide 4G coverage in rural and uncovered villages under various connectivity projects.
  • Provide Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) services for high-speed internet.
  • Provide services/spectrum for Captive Non-Public Network (CNPN).

The government approved the first revival package for BSNL/MTNL in 2019. It amounted to Rs. 69,000 Crore and brought stability in BSNL/MTNL.In 2022, Government approved a second revival package for BSNL/MTNL amounting to Rs. 1.64 Lakh Crore. It provided financial support for capex, viability gap funding for rural landlines, financial support for de-stressing the balance sheet, settlement of AGR dues, merger of BBNL with BSNL, etc.

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As a result of these two packages, BSNL has started earning operating profits since FY 2021-22. The total debt of BSNL has reduced from Rs. 32,944 Crore to Rs. 22,289 Crore.

BSNL has achieved strong growth in the home fiber segment. It is providing more than 1 Lakh new connections every month. The total home fiber subscriber base of BSNL in May 2023 is 30.88 Lakh. Total revenue from home fiber last year was Rs. 2,071 Crore.

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