BSNL hopes to turn profitable in FY’20, not before

New Delhi: State-owned BSNL says it is likely to swing into profit in financial year 2019-20, a year later than previously estimated, as stiff competition has squeezed margins. According to BSNL chairman and managing director Anupam Shrivastava, “market disruption” and fall in tariffs have dashed hopes of clocking profit in 2018-19 and BSNL intends to focus sharply on gaining subscriber market share and growing enterprise business to protect revenue over the coming quarters. “In this financial year, it won’t be possible...because the market has disrupted a lot and many companies are in red. We hope that in 2019-20 we will be able to swing into net profit,” Shrivastava told PTI when asked about BSNL’s previous estimates of becoming profitable in 2018-19. BSNL, which offers mobile, landline and broadband services across India (except Delhi and Mumbai where MTNL operates) is yet to announce 2017-18 financial results. Shrivastava said BSNL had gained market share at a time when rival private operators had seen that metric static. “We gained customers from companies that were closing operations. We did a mid-course correction. We realised that in this disruptive market, there is no point in focusing solely on revenue but also customer market share...we were able to do both,” he said. BSNL’s loss stood at Rs4,786 crore in 2016-17, marginally lower than Rs4,875 crore in 2015-16. The losses, in fact, have narrowed sharply from Rs8,234 crore in 2014-15. BSNL’s total revenue was been pegged at about Rs32,000 crore and revenue from operations at about Rs28,000 crore in 2016-17, with EBITDA at about Rs1,700 crore, he said. “While the number are still to come out for 2017-18 , we expect that EBITDA should remain in positive territory in spite of competition in market. We also expect to reduce net loss through lower expenditure...We expect to maintain our revenue (at same level as last year) during 2017-18,” he said. In 2018-19, the focus would be on maintaining and growing customer market share and accelerating the momentum on the enterprise business, which is growing at a steady pace, he said. “In 2018-19, we are going to grow our revenue on the back of the enterprise business, infrastructure sharing, collaboration for FTTH (Fiber to the home) and other services,” Shrivastava said.

TOA (BSNL)BMS views on New Tower Company.

Mobile Tower Company has already formed with the consent of so called welfare Associations . So only present solution is stoppage of transfer of Assets to new Company . TOA (BSNL)BMS Support all the Associations and Unions for legal action or stay order for transfer of Mobile Tower Assets to new Tower Company as all the mobile assets are created after year 2000 from BSNL funds and curtailing the employees pay and perks.Some of Unions and Associations are expertise in drama on the subject matter as done during the formation of BBNL and ITS absorption issue.

BSNL has many ‘bigger opportunities’ in near future: Manoj Sinha

NEW DELHI: Union Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha has said works worth Rs 150 crore have been allotted to BSNL under the smart city projects and the state-run firm has many bigger opportunities in the near future. Also, it has other projects like network for spectrum (NFS) and fibre to the home (FTTH) -- laying of optical fibre to homes, which give it an advantage, Sinha said. "BSNL has many bigger opportunities in near future other than mobile telephony. Many tenders have been finalised for 2G, 3G and 4G services. Market share of BSNL has been improved from 7.6 per cent to 9.43 per cent which is commendable. BSNL can play significant role in smart city projects, NFS and FTTH. Works worth Rs 150 crore has been allotted to BSNL under smart city projects, which can be taken as an advantage," Sinha said at the 'Heads of Circles Conference' of BSNL.

The department of telecom (DoT) is “seriously considering” to allot 4G spectrum to state-run Mahanagar Telephone NigamNSE 0.31 % (MTNL), which serves New Delhi and Mumbai, and Bharat Sanchar Nigam (BSNL), which serves the rest of the country -Manoj Sinha

MUMBAI: Cash-strapped telecom firm MTNL is investing Rs 190 crore to upgrade its services and may also be allocated 4G spectrum to help stay relevant in the highly competitive market, telecom minister Manoj Sinha has said. The department of telecom (DoT) is "seriously considering" to allot 4G spectrum to state-run Mahanagar Telephone NigamNSE 0.62 % (MTNL), which serves New Delhi and Mumbai, and Bharat Sanchar Nigam (BSNL), which serves the rest of the country, he said. Sinha said BSNL has been reporting operating profit for the last three years and has gained market share despite the entry of Reliance Jio resulting in a decline for other entrenched companies.