State-owned telecom service provider Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) launches Next Generation Network (NGN) technology in its fixed line telephony and plans to invest around Rs.1,000 crore in upgrading the time-division multiplexing (TDM) technology, a statement said on Friday. NGN technology will provide both fixed line and broadband from same telephone exchange. "At present, BSNL plans to convert 14 million telephone lines with NGN technology. This is expected to cover more than 80 percent urban customers and approximately 90 percent rural customers," the statement said. "However, it is expected that entire fixed line customers will have NGN facility by December, 2017. Initially, BSNL plans to invest approximately Rs.1,000 crore in upgrading the TDM technology with NGN technology," it added. The voice call on this new technology will be made available at the same rate at which the fixed telephone is made available by BSNL as on date. However, BSNL would like to charge something extra for video calls. Introduction of this technology will help India to achieve Digital India & Make in India project, Communications and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said during the launch.
Minister also expressed hope that NGN may also help expansion of Jan Dhan Yojana, which has already seen a great success from the day it has been launched by Prime Minister of India. Secretary (Telecom) & Chairman Telecom Commission DoT Rakesh Garg, Special Secretary (T) DOT Rita Teaotia , CMD BSNL Anupam Image result for BSNLShrivastava, and Director (CFA & CM) BSNL N.K. Gupta also spoke on the occasion. BSNL has more than 36000 telephone exchanges out of which more than 28000 are in rural areas. These exchanges are working on TDM switching technology which provides voice only. Separate gateways are required to inter-connect existing TDM switches with IP Network and mobile switching technology. NGN technology will provide both fixed line and broadband from same telephone exchange.