Govt considering capital infusion in BSNL

The government is taking steps to make public sector BSNL more competitive and these include upgradation of technology and capital infusion, Rajya Sabha was informed on Thursday.

Communications Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said the government has inherited legacy issues and steps are being taken to make BSNL more competitive.

"To ensure stability in the Telecom sector, one PSU is very important," Prasad told the house, adding that it must be noted that India has the cheapest mobile and data rates across the world.

Minister of State for Communications Sanjay Shamrao Bhotre said the government is considering capital infusion, including equity infusion in the public sector telecom company. He said the government is also working out introduction of 4G services in the country, after members expressed concern over lack of technology upgradation by the BSNL.

"The government has taken and will take in future steps to improve the BSNL. These include capital infusion and equity infusion and you will see its results soon," the minister said.