BSNL to receive INR15bn from USOF

9 Jul 2013

State-backed telco Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) will receive INR15 billion (USD246.2 million) from the Universal Service Obligation Fund (USOF) to support the company’s loss-making rural landline operations, the Economic Times cites a Department of Telecommunications (DoT) official as saying. The funding is roughly in line with recommendations from the Telecoms Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) that BSNL receive INR27.5 billion from the USOF over a two-year period. A second tranche of INR12.5 billion may later be distributed to the telco, on the condition that it receives approval from the National Institute of Communications Finance (NICF) following an assessment of the quality of BSNL’s rural landline coverage.