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BSNL Bundles Broadband With New Landlines; Provides Internet In J&K Via WLL

Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) is set to provide internet facility on its CDMA-based Wireless Local Loop (WLL) connections this month to its WLL customers in Jammu & Kashmir, reports the Business Standard. With this service, the WLL customers need not to switch over to GSM service to avail the facility of internet on their hand-sets. The company currently has nearly 22,000 WLL customers in J&K. For using internet facility, the users will have to get their hand-sets configured from BSNL. BSNL will provide them a network interface card for enabling them to access internet using their handsets.

Besides WLL with internet service, video conferencing service will also be provided by the company in J&K shortly.

Nikhil adds: A significant move from BSNL, via ET: the PSU has decided to offer a bundled broadband connection with every new landline that it installs India, at no extra cost. This feature will be extended to rural areas as well. BSNL also intends to make its existing landline connections Internet ready, though it intends to offer dialup speeds on most.

BSNL currently has 44 percent of the broadband market in India, and it’s Internet subscriber base fell 2.93 percent, from 4,191,173 to 4,068,349 in Q2 2007.