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How BSNL can turn around its fortune post Rs 1.64-trn govt package

The company must overcome poor technology decisions imposed on it and bridge the gap with private sector competitors


BSNL has only 58 million active subscribers or just over 5 per cent share of the total active mobile subscriber base in the country

Surajeet Das Gupta New Delhi
Just a few weeks ago, Communications Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw did some tough talking with the senior managers of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd, the ailing state-owned telecom service provider. The message was clear: They had to perform, quit by taking the voluntary retirement package or be compulsorily retired from service.

The terse message from an otherwise polite and soft-spoken minister came just days after he announced a second and bigger package of Rs 1.64 trillion as part of a four-year turnaround plan for BSNL. Vaishnaw has made a big bet, some would say a risky one, with a company saddled with

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First Published: Aug 24 2022 | 5:51 PM IST

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