BSNL loses more than 8 lakh landline subscribers from 2017, owes more than Rs 20 cr

VS Siju

Kochi: BSNL is in doldrums as 8,12,1971 subscribers in Kerala have discarded landline connections during the last five years. Moreover, the deposit fee of Rs 20.40 crore to subscribers is pending. The Rs 5,000 deposit received from subscribers under "own your telephone" (OYT) scheme for landline connection totals Rs 2,30,185 and BSNL needs to settle that too.

The data suggests that hey days are gone and BSNL landline connections which was once a status symbol have become a material for scrap. Mobile and internet penetration are the core reasons which affected services. BSNL also failed to match up with the quality of land phone services provided by the private players.

The year-wise loss of subscribers are as follows:

April-December 2017: 82,606

2018: 1, 01,629

2019: 1, 64,347

2020: 1, 94,129

2021: 2, 36,260

Until May 2022: 34,000

*Data: RTI reply to a query by Proper Channel

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