IMPHAL, March 20: The chief general manager, NE- II telecom circle, Rajan Sanyal claimed that irregular power supply system is the main reason behind inefficient mobile service of the BSNL in the state.
The BSNL CGM said this during launch function of 3G mobile service in the state today.
The much awaited 3G service of the BSNL was today officially launched in Imphal by Rajan Sanyal, today at the BSNL Bhawan, Babupara.
Manipur SSA, DGM, J. Lunkim, CMTD Manipur, RMM Khrisna, A.K Basumata, AGM (CM-Plg), NE-II circle, Saurabh Gupta, GM (CM), NE-II circle, LM Sanwal, GM (ETR), Rajiv Soni, chief Engineer Electrical, North East, officials of the BSNL Manipur and Franchisee of BSNL were present during the launched of the service.
While briefing media persons after the launch programme, Rajan Sanyal, revealed that the launched service in Imphal was the fifth launch for the NE-II, circle adding that in the first phase in Impha city the service will cover only areas around Porompat, Lamlong Bazar, Chingmeirong, Koirengei, Thangmeiband, Lamphel Exchange, Tera Bazasr, Langjing, Kwakeithel, Singjamei bazaar, Manipur University, Kongba Bazar etc and the service will further be extended to other district like Imphal east and West district, Thoubal, Senapati, Bishnupur, Churachandpur etc within 3 to 4 months, he said.
The 3G service will be power by altogether 32 towers in Imphal.
The CGM further revealed that besides this service they are hoping to introduced other medium of service like the Wi-Max service only for rural areas very shortly in areas like Churachandpur, Kakching, Thoubal, Kangpokpi as a first phase and asserted that another target was to expand land line broad band service (high speed) at concession rate for the entire state.
According to him the Wi-Max will play an important role in bringing a radical change in rural developmental programme as it would be widely used in government institutions like schools, colleges and also useful in e-governing system and added that digital divide between rural and urban areas will be breached with this introduction of these services.
However he maintained that the BSNL was not fully satisfied with the current progress as they are facing lots of shortcomings in the state and claimed that mostly power is the problems.
The BSNL is looking forward to equip itself with more appropriate ways to ensure a 24 hour service to the customers but maintained that the situation of power must improved or else they will be left with no choice but to provide with only the basic services.
He also appeal to all the BSNL customers to pay their outstanding bills at the earliest and to facilitate this the BSNL would introduce a system of due clearance by easy installment systems.
While responding to queries raised during the press meet, Ranjan Sanyal revealed that the BSNL is earning a good revenue at Moreh, border town and planning to increase facilities at the town.
While presenting a Power Points of 3G tariff, Arjun Singh, informed that prepaid customers can migrate their existing 2G to 3G service for free, activation of new 3G USIM can be done with rupees 179.
Postpaid customers have to fill a subscriber form.
The tariff would be 70 paise per minute for local video call and Rs. 1 for STD video call.
Besides video call, video conferencing, video/picture/songs, downloading, high speed internet access, live TV channel access, games and entertaiment are facilities are provided with the service, he said.(IFP)