Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited

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Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (d/b/a BSNL) is a government owned telecommunications service provider headquartered in New Delhi, India. It is under the ownership of Department of Telecommunications, Ministry of Communications, Government of India. It was incorporated on 01 October 2000 by the Government of India. Its top official is designated as Chairman and Managing Director who is a central government civil servant of the Indian Communication Finance Service cadre or a central government engineer of the Indian Telecommunications Service cadre. It provides mobile voice and internet services through its nationwide telecommunications network across India. It is the largest government owned wireline telecommunications network service provider and fourth largest government owned wireless telecommunications service provider with more than 50% market share in India.[5]

Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited
TypeGovernment of India Enterprise
FoundedSeptember 15, 2000; 21 years ago (2000-09-15)
Area served
Key people
RevenueDecrease 18,595 crore (US$2.5 billion) (2021)[2]
Decrease 15,499 crore (US$2.1 billion) (2020) [2]
Decrease 7,441 crore (US$990 million) (2021)[2]
Total assetsDecrease 146,760 crore (US$19 billion) (2020)[2]
Total equityDecrease 59,142 crore (US$7.9 billion) (2020)[2]
OwnerDepartment of Telecommunications, Ministry of Communications , Government of India
Number of employees
69,824 (2020)[2]


The name Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited derives from Hindi, which means Indian Communications Corporation Limited in English.


Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited is India's oldest government enterprise and its history can be traced back to the British India. The foundation of telecom network in India was laid by the British sometime during the 19th century. During the British era, the first telegraph line was established between Calcutta and Diamond Harbour in 1850. The British East India Company started using the telegraph in 1851 and till 1854 telegraph lines were laid across the country. In 1854, the telegraph service was opened to the public and the first telegram was sent from Mumbai to Pune. In 1885, the Indian Telegraph Act was passed by the British Imperial Legislative Council. After the bifurcation of Post and Telegraph department in the 1980s, the creation of Department of Telecom eventually led to the emergence of the government owned telegraph and telephone enterprise which led to the foundation of BSNL.[6][7]

After providing the telegraph services for 160 years, BSNL shut it down completely on 15 July 2013. It began delivering telegrams to the public in February 1858; this service was upgraded to a web-based messaging system in 2010 and had been offered through 182 telegraph offices across India.[8][9]

Products and servicesEdit

Telephone and MobileEdit

BSNL provides both fixed line telephones and mobile telephony services on GSM and CDMA platforms.

BSNL MobileEdit

BSNL Mobile is a major provider of GSM network under brand name CellOne all over India. It has wide network coverage in both urban and rural areas of India. It has over 121.82 million customers across India.[5]

BSNL Mobile offers prepaid, postpaid services and value-added services such as Free Phone Service (FPH), India Telephone Card (Prepaid card), Account Card Calling (ACC), Virtual Private Network (VPN), Tele-voting, Premium Rate Service (PRM). It also offers the IPTV which enables customers to watch television through the Internet and Voice and Video Over Internet Protocol (VVoIP).[10]

BSNL LandlineEdit

BSNL Landline was launched in early 1990s. It was the only fixed-line telephone serving for whole country before the New Telecom Policy was announced by the Department of Telecom in 1999. Only the Government-owned BSNL and MTNL were allowed to provide land-line phone services through copper wire in the country. BSNL Landline is the largest fixed-line telephony in India. It has over 9.55 million customers and 47.20% market share in the country as of 28 FEbruary 2021.[5]


BSNL is the fourth largest ISP in India, with having presence throughout the country. It also has the largest fibre-based telecom network in the country around 7.5 lakh kilometers among the four operators in the country.[11]

BSNL BroadbandEdit

BSNL Broadband provides telecom services to enterprise customers including MPLS, P2P and Internet leased lines. It provides fixed-line services and landline using CDMA technology and its own extensive optical fiber network. BSNL provides Internet access services through dial-up connections as prepaid, NetOne as postpaid[clarification needed], and DataOne as BSNL Broadband.[12][13]

Bharat FiberEdit

Bharat Fiber (FTTH) was launched in February 2019. It offers TV over IP (IPTV), Video On-Demand (VoD), Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), Audio On-Demand (AoD), Bandwidth On-Demand (BoD), remote education, video conferencing services, interactive gaming, Virtual Private LAN services. BSNL said that, its huge optic fiber network provides fixed access to deliver high-speed Internet up to 300 Mbps.[14][15][16]


BSNL started 4G service in some parts of India since January 2019 such as Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, and Jharkhand but is limited to a few cities or towns. Most of 4G services are currently available in Southern India. However, BSNL is trying to launch pan India 4G services as soon as it can; but due to lack of 4G spectrum, BSNL is unable to launch 4G from 2016.[citation needed]

IP servicesEdit

BSNL Wing ServicesEdit

On 16 August 2018, BSNL has launched "BSNL Wings Services" in 22 telecom circles in which, there is no need of SIM card or cable wiring as is a VoIP service through an app.[17] It offers unlimited free calling for one year throughout India.[18]

Administrative unitsEdit

BSNL vertical divisionsEdit

BSNL is primarily divided into three verticals[clarification needed]:

  • BSNL - Consumer Fixed Access (CFA), wire line and broadband business.
  • BSNL - Consumer Mobility (CM), wireless business, primarily 3G GSM services. WLL services which were widely deployed are being phased out.
  • BSNL - Enterprise Business, Enterprise customers on turnkey basis.
  • Other than these three verticals, there are electrical wings and civil wings which take care of real estate monetization.

BSNL horizontal divisionsEdit

Horizontally, BSNL is divided into a number of administrative units, variously known as: telecom circles, metro districts, project circles and specialized units. It has 24 telecom circles, two metro districts, six project circles, four maintenance regions, five telecom factories, three training institutions and four specialized telecom units.[19] Each circle is being headed by a Chief General Manager (CGM) who is an officer of Indian Telecom Service (ITS).

The organisational structure of BSNL is as follows: Chief General Manager being the head of the Circle who is the officer of HAG+ level, assisted by three or four Principal General Manager (PGM) who is the officer of grade HAG. The districts over a circle is being headed by the designations as General Manager officer of grade of SAG who looks over around two to four districts, while where the connections are less and the smaller district is being headed by Telecom District Manager (TDM) Officer of the grade of JAG and Telecom Divisional Engineer (TDE) officer of STS grade, all the officers above the post of TDE (including TDE) are of Group A and they are the officers of grade of Indian Telecom Service (ITS) directly or promotive. Then the Group B consists of Additional Divisional Engineer, Sub Divisional Engineer and Junior Telecom officer and then the organisation has Group C and D employees.

Merger and AcquisitionsEdit

On 24 October 2019, the Government of India has announced revival package for BSNL and MTNL which includes monetising assets, raising funds, TD-LTE spectrum, voluntary retirement scheme for employees. Apart from package, the Ministry of Communications has decided to merge MTNL with BSNL. Pending this, MTNL will be a wholly owned subsidiary of BSNL.[4][20][21][22]


Cyber AttackEdit

In July 2017, BSNL had suffered a cyber attack which affected south India, especially Karnataka, when a malware affected the telco's broadband network using modems with default passwords.[23] The virus has reportedly affected 60,000 modems and blocked their internet connectivity. Later BSNL issued an advisory notice to its broadband customers, urging them to change their default router username and passwords. [24]

See alsoEdit


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  2. ^ a b c d e f "Annual Report 2020" (PDF). Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited. 31 March 2020. Retrieved 4 July 2020.
  3. ^ "Cabinet allows, BSNL to sell tower assets". Economic Times. 18 September 2017.
  4. ^ a b "MTNL to be a BSNL subsidiary". The Hindu. 29 June 2019.
  5. ^ a b c "Press Release on Telecom Subscription Data as on 30 November, 2019" (PDF). Telecom Regulatory Authority of India. 30 November 2019. Retrieved 16 January 2020.
  6. ^ "About us". BSNL, LLC. 17 November 2019.
  7. ^ "BSNL History". BSNL Teleservices. 17 November 2019.
  8. ^ "BSNL decides to discontinue 160-year-old telegram service". The Times of India. 12 June 2013. Archived from the original on 15 June 2013. Retrieved 13 June 2013.
  9. ^ Joshi, Sandeep (12 June 2013). "Dot, dash, full stop: Telegram service ends July 15". The Hindu. Chennai, India. Retrieved 13 June 2013.
  10. ^ (9) Comments. "BSNL Launches VVoIP". Retrieved 17 September 2012.
  11. ^ "BSNL plans to monitise fibre network". The Economic Times. 18 April 2019.
  12. ^ BSNL Broadband Archived 24 November 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  13. ^ NetOne Archived 3 May 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  14. ^ "Bharat Fiber FTTH Overview". BSNL, LLC. 17 February 2019.
  15. ^ "BSNL Bharat Fiber FTTH, Everything you need to know". India Today. 6 February 2019.
  16. ^ "BSNL Broadband VOIP Configuration for Landline Phone Instrument". 31 August 2021.
  17. ^ "BSNL offers wings services". NDTV. 2 February 2019.
  18. ^ "BSNL Wings Services launched in 22 telecom circles". BSNL. 29 June 2019.
  19. ^ "BSNL Units". Archived from the original on 6 September 2012.
  20. ^ "Government approves Revival package for BSNL, MTNL". Economic Times. 23 October 2019.
  21. ^ "BSNL, MTNL to be merged, along with special package". India Today. 23 October 2019.
  22. ^ "BSNL, MTNL to be merged, centre lines up rs 70000 crore revival package". Times of India. 29 October 2019.
  23. ^ Techdesk (28 July 2018). "BSNL asks 2000 users to change modem password after malware attack". Indian Express. Retrieved 9 February 2018.
  24. ^ "Malware affects thousands of BSNL broadband modems". The Hindu. 17 July 2017. Retrieved 18 November 2021.

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