PM rejects BSNL/MTNL merger

15 Sep 2014

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has rejected plans to merge ailing state-owned telecos Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) and Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd (MTNL), the Asian Age writes, citing unnamed government sources. According to these sources, the PM has asked the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) to consider purchasing BSNL’s optical fibre cable (OFC) network, rather than infuse the struggling providers with fresh capital or merging the two units. Once under the control of the DoT, the PM argued, the OFC could be used to accelerate the rollout of the government’s ‘Digital India’ programme.