Archived report: this report was archived 29th July 2009 and has not been updated.
State-owned BSNL owns around 85% of India’s copper wire local loop networks. The company is the largest telecom operator and the largest public sector enterprise in India, providing basic fixed-line services nationwide, except for the cities of Mumbai and Delhi. BSNL lost its exclusive rights to local access and national telephony in 2001. To compensate for reduced revenues, it was authorised to build a national GSM network, thereby entering the mobile sector and becoming the country’s second largest GSM operator. In February 2003, the company also entered the international telephony market. In April 2004, the government moved to unbundle BSNL’s copper network to encourage the growth of broadband ADSL access.
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