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BSNL, MTNL reeling under Wi-Fi burden of MPs
BSNL, MTNL reeling under Wi-Fi burden of MPs

New Delhi, July 26 (TIWN) State-owned telecom companies are incurring losses in providing high-speed Wi-Fi connections to members of Parliament, Union Minister for Communications and Electronics and Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad said.

As per data available with the Telecom Ministry till May 2019, Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited (MTNLNSE 0.78 %) and Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) have provided an aggregate of 757 Internet connections to members of Parliament.   All connections are high-speed Wi-Fi Fibre to the Home (FTTH) connections. The MTNL alone has provided 728 of these connections.   According to the MTNL, on each Wi-Fi connection (ranging from three to six numbers) provided to MPs during 2015-16, it incurred an average cost of Rs 1.7 lakh, including annual maintenance charges for four years after three years warranty. But the charges levied upon individual MPs for each Wi-Fi connection was Rs 1,500 per month, excluding GST. 

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