At the press conference on one year performance, Ravi Shankar Prasad, minister for Communication and IT, has announced that BSNL customers will have free roaming on their mobile phones starting 15th June 2015.
This news has also been circulated by the minister through his twitter account.
Full Mobile Number Portability has been notified with effect from 1st of July 2015 to allow subscribers to retain their mobile number across the country.
Earlier effective from May 1, 2015, both BSNL and MTNL have launched unlimited free local calls from landlines to any landline/mobile during night hours from 9PM to 6AM.
Compare to the negative growth in the previous year, BSNL added 47 lakh active subscribers and MTNL added 2.11 lakh subscribers in 2014-15.
BSNL has established hundred WiFi hotspots at important tourist locations like Varanasi Ghats, Hussain Sagar Lake-Hyderabad, Bangalore, Cochin, Vijayawada etc.
Ministry is also trying to enable linking the mobile number to Aadhar completing the JAM (Jan Dhan-Aadhar-Mobile) trinity of unique identity.
Here are some of the achievements of Department of telecommunication;
- Highest ever auction proceeds of Rs. 1,09,874 crore, against the approved reserve price of Rs 80,277 crores.
- Crossed 100 crore telephone connections in April 2015, the fastest increase in the last 11 months as compared to the previous three years raising national teledensity to 79.85 as against 75.23 in March 2014, 73.32 in March 2013 and 78.6 in March 2012.
- Rural teledensity grew to 48.90%, an increase of 4.57% in the last 11 months. the highest increase in the last three years (43.18 in March 2014, 41.6 in March 2013 and 39 in March 2012)
- The number of broadband connections, i.e. connections with a speed of 512 kbps or higher, increased from 65.33 million in May 2014 to 99.20 million in March 2015 with unprecedented growth of 52% in the last 10 months.
- Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) inflow in the telecom sector touched $ 2853 million in 2014-15 (upto February 2015). It was the highest in the last four years ($1307 million in 2013-14, $304 million in 2012-13, $1997 million in 2011-12 and $1665 million in 2010-11).