Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) has launched its Triple-Play broadband service of voice, data and video in Pune, India.
Customers can use the phone, surf the internet and watch cable TV on the same telephone line with a broadband modem/ set top box. BSNL is expecting that the company will get 1.5 million customers in the next 5 year. A subscriber will have to pay for a set-top box, installation and usage charges. The cable TV option will offer entertainment channels, interactive e-Learning options, e-Governance and e-Commerce services. SMS, TV to TV communication and close group broadcast, radio or video will also be made in future. BSNL, Maharashtra Knowledge Corporation Ltd (MKCL) has partnered with DiviNEt Access Technologies Ltd for implementation of the project. MKCL is developing the content for interactive e-learning. According to Ram Lakhan Dubey, BSNL director for planning and new services, BSNL will replace broadband cables with copper cables by 2007 at the cost of INR 25 to 30 crore.