The federal government can also be approving sovereign assure bond issuance for the cash-crunched BSNL to repay its financial institution loans
New Delhi: The Union Cupboard on Wednesday accepted a 1.64 lakh crores revival package deal for the merger of Bharat Broadband Community Restricted (BBNL) into the state-owned telecom operator Bharat Sanchar Nigam Restricted (BSNL). The transfer by the federal government goals at not solely bettering the standard of BSNL companies and de-stressing the steadiness sheet, but in addition to broaden the fibre attain of the corporate.
The federal government can also be approving sovereign assure bond issuance for the cash-crunched BSNL to repay its financial institution loans because the state-run telecom service supplier is saddled with a hefty financial institution debt price ~33,000 crores. Nevertheless, the federal government needs to transform such enormous statutory dues into fairness to assist enhance BSNL’s monetary well being and to see a turnaround of the corporate by FY’27.
Briefing the media after the Cupboard assembly, telecom minister Ashwini Vaishnaw mentioned, “The Union Cupboard at present accepted a Rs 1.64 lakh crores package deal for the revival of state-owned telecom agency BSNL the place the package deal has a money element of Rs 43,964 crores and a non-cash element of Rs 1.2 lakh crores unfold over 4 years. The package deal has three parts — to enhance companies, de-stress the steadiness sheet and growth of fibre community of the corporate.”
The federal government, Mr Vaishnaw mentioned, can also be approving sovereign assure bond issuance for BSNL to repay financial institution loans. “The state-run telecom service supplier has Rs 33,000 crores as financial institution debt. Put up package deal, BSNL will be capable to broaden 4G companies to boost ARPU to Rs 170-180. In addition to, the executive allocation of spectrum for 4G and 5G companies for BSNL has additionally been accepted by the Cupboard,” he added.
The minister additional mentioned, “The mixed fibre community of BSNL and BBNL shall be of round 14 lakh km and the federal government expects high-speed optical fibre companies to get a lift throughout India, together with in distant areas, after the BSNL-BBNL merger. The rollout of BSNL 4G companies is predicted in about 2 years and can considerably improve the income.”
In an announcement, the federal government additionally mentioned that with these measures, BSNL will be capable to enhance the standard of present companies, roll out 4G companies and turn out to be financially viable. “It’s anticipated that with the implementation of this revival plan, BSNL will turnaround and earn a revenue in FY 2026-27,” it added.
In line with a Telecom Regulatory Authority of India assertion issued on July 19, personal entry service suppliers had an 89.87 % market share of wi-fi subscribers as of Might 31, whereas BSNL and MTNL, the 2 PSU entry service suppliers, had a market share of solely 10.13 %.