15 May : State-run telecom services provider BSNL today said it is targeting to have 7.5 million broadband subscribers in the current fiscal, banking on the demand opportunities from the small towns and cities."We are targeting (to have) 7.5 million broadband subscribers. Though the growth will come mainly from class A cities but B and C class cities are also catching up fast," BSNL General Manager (Broadband) Anil Jain said.BSNL currently has 3.7 million customers.
"We are already offering broadband services in the rural areas at subsidised rates. Going ahead, we are also talking to vendors for offering bundled subscription at nominal rates," Jain added.
All the integrated private telecom operators like Bharti, Reliance are targeting high as well as mass market broadband subscribers to shore up their non-telephony revenues.BSNL operates all over the country, except in Delhi and Mumbai.