State-owned telco Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) is reportedly preparing to auction surplus capacity on its long-distance network as it considers methods for generating new turnover, according to India’s Economic Times. BSNL, which in August 2010 revealed its first net loss since its creation ten years ago, is likely to offer its excess bandwidth in two lots, one of 2.5GB and another of 10GB, according to an unnamed executive cited by the local press report. With demand for bandwidth set to surge as local mobile operators prepare to launch 3G services, BSNL is now expected to approach the government with a view to obtaining the necessary approval for the sale process; no timeframe or value for the sale have been disclosed. ‘The modalities are being worked out and we will submit a detailed blueprint to the telecom department after doing a valuation of this bandwidth resource and getting a fix on where surplus capacities exist,’ the anonymous BSNL director said.
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