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BSNL to Boost Minimum Broadband Speed It Offers From 512Kbps to 2Mbps

State-run telecom service provider Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd. (BSNL) on Monday
 decided to upgrade landline broadband speed to minimum 2Mbps at no additional
 cost for broadband customers on pan-India basis from October 1.
Union Minister for Communication and Information Technology Ravi Shankar
 Prasad launched the facility in Gurgaon.
The BSNL's move came in the light of Narendra Modi government's
 Digital India initiatives.
Speaking on the occasion, Prasad said BSNL works efficiently in natural 
calamities and it has proved this in Jammu and Kashmir floods, Nepal
earthquake and Andhra Pradesh cyclones.
"When BSNL can deliver its services well in natural calamities, then
 it should be
 able to provide better services during normal conditions," he said.
Directing the BSNL authorities to evolve a system of complaint redressal
, the
 union minister also asked them to do marketing. "I want your interface with
people more frequently."
The country is passing through a changing phase, he said, adding that BSNL
 has to play a significant role in it.
He recalled that he was minister for communications in Atal Bihari Vajpayee's
 government as well and when that government left in 2004, BSNL was in
profit of Rs. 10,000 crores.

xPrasad said once again he has been given the same responsibility and during analysis of records, it was found that BSNL was running in loss of Rs. 8,000 crores. "At that very moment I said that BSNL has to improve and I will support."
He said that BSNL is also offering 1GB free email box to their customers
 from 50MB
 mail box.
The minister said the speed upgradation will benefit all the existing and
 new Broadband customers of BSNL.
Under this scheme, BSNL is upgrading the speed of existing Broadband
 plans of 512Kbps
 and 1Mbps to 2Mbps speed with no extra charge.
"The speed upgradation will benefit all the existing and new broadband
 customers of 
BSNL. Under this scheme, BSNL is upgrading the speed of existing
 Broadband plans of 512Kbps and
 1Mbps to 2Mbps speed," the BSNL said in a statement.
BSNL launched the broadband services over its landline in India in 2005
, with speed of 
256kbps and above over the state-of-art multi-protocol label switching (MPLS)
 -based IP infrastructure in urban as well as rural areas.
"This upgradation shall enhance customer experience while surfing on
 Internet and
 enjoying live video streaming by all customers even in the low price range
. This scheme 
is expected to attract new customers for subscribing BSNL Broadband
 customers in an
affordable manner," the statement added.
Also present on the occasion was union Minister of State for Planning
 (Independent Charge) and Minister of State for Defence Rao Inderjeet
 Singh, who
 said the nationwide facility would give boost to the IT industry.
CMD of BSNL Anupam Srivastava and CGM of Haryana Circle Ambala
 R.C. Arya
 were also present on the occasion.

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