BSNL’s progress in earnings and talent to include expenditure in wage, administrative, worker remuneration and different advantages, helped in rising EBITDA to Rs 3,855 crore in 2015-16 from Rs 672 crore in 2014-15, beneath Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, and now after few “troubled” years and a revival package deal, BSNL is as soon as once more again on the observe of profitability, based on an official launch.
“We’re going to revive BSNL and make it worthwhile,” Mr Prasad had instructed the Decrease Home in the course of the Query Hour in November 2019.
Now inside a yr of the revival plan, the state-owned undertakings Bharat Sanchar Nigam Restricted (BSNL) and Mahanagar Phone Nigam Restricted (MTNL) have turned EBITDA (earnings earlier than curiosity, taxes, depreciation, and amortization) constructive within the first six months of this monetary yr.
Whereas for BSNL, EBITDA rose from minus Rs. 3,596 crore for the half-year resulted in September 2019 to constructive Rs. 602 crore, for MTNL the corresponding figures have been minus Rs. 549 crore in September 2019, and the present determine, constructive Rs. 276 crore. In response to the Division of Telecommunications (DoT) sources, each organizations are anticipated to scale back their losses by 50 per cent when in comparison with 2019-20.
The explanations for higher efficiency embrace a pointy discount in wage invoice as a result of voluntary retirement scheme (VRS) (almost 50 per cent workforce of BSNL and 75 per cent of MTNL was decreased).
Equally essential, BSNL was capable of keep its income and lower down on different prices. BSNL can also be quickly increasing its fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) connections and the progress is being carefully monitored by DoT. Within the cell phase, the market share has elevated to 10.36 per cent in October 2020 as per figures printed by TRAI. BSNL added over 10 million new prospects throughout this monetary yr within the cell phase. This has additionally given a fillip to the federal government’s Digital India drive of cashless transactions as on-line transactions have elevated by over 43 per cent in December 2020 for the reason that final monetary yr.
It is going to be recalled that the Union Cupboard had authorized the revival package deal for BSNL/ MTNL in October 2019 which, inter-alia, included VRS, assist for 4G spectrum, monetization of core and non-core property, Sovereign Assure for Bonds to be raised by the PSUs and merger of MTNL and BSNL within the brief run.
BSNL is monetising its tower property by leasing out its towers. It earned Rs 1,018 crore within the earlier yr and has deliberate to securitize the earnings from tower leases. BSNL towers have a novel preposition of a fiber connection in additional than 70 per cent which makes them extremely engaging for TSP. Fiber has been monetised by leasing it out to personal TSPs and BBNL. It has leased out 2 lakh kilometers of OFC on the price of Rs 18000 per Km. per yr, incomes a income of Rs. 360 crore.