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BSNL to add 100 million landlines with 25 million in Karnataka circle by 2010

Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) announced to increase the capacity of landlines by 100 million across the country by 2010, including 25 million alone in Karnataka, which is the maiden circle to have attained ISO 9001 : 2000 certification.

BSNL chief managing director CMD Kuldeep Goyal said that the company is in the process of inviting tenders for 93 million new lines. “We have decided to push the capacity building program and will plan to set up five million new lines for South India in the next six months”, he added.

Further the company is planning to add three million broadband users in the current year to take its market share from 42 percent to 50 percent, aiming to have 10 million broadband subscriber base.

BSNL also aims to hike its value added services revenue from Rs 700 crore during 2007-08 to Rs 2,000-crore by 2010, for which it is planning to introduce managed network services targeting the enterprise sector.

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