Currently it is only BSNL that provides broadband internet facilities in rural areas of India. However, things are going to change soon. In order to make broadband internet available to millions of subscribers, the Department of Telecom (DoT) has suggested that BSNL’s last-mile copper lines could be unbundled to private operators.
BSNL has a huge and extensive copper network that caters to 30 million subscribers and this can be ramped up to support millions of more customers. Since BSNL’s fixed line subscribers are gradually declining, unbundling the last-mile local loop in the copper lines will allow private operators to use BSNL’s nationwide fixed line network for offering broadband services to more customers.
Doing this has two benefits. First is, it will bring in additional revenue for BSNL and the Second benefit is that more new consumers can now expect to use fast broadband internet connection. The DoT has also suggested that the excess capacity should be provided to the private players only after BSNL’s own requirement is met.