‘MTNL sharing infrastructure with private operators’

August 19th, 2011 - 11:23 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Aug 19 (IANS) State-run Mahanagar Sanchar Nigam Limited (MTNL) is sharing its passive infrastructure, including mobile towers with Reliance Communications, Bharti Airtel, Vodafone, Idea Cellular and Aircel in its efforts to boost revenue, parliament was informed Friday.

MTNL is sharing 15 sites with Reliance Communications, two with Bharti Airtel, five with Vodafone, eight with Idea Cellular and one with Aircel, Minister of State for Communications and IT Milind Deora said in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha.

While replying to a question in the Rajya Sabha, Communications Minister Kapil Sibal said the market share of public sector telecom companies has been declining.

The minister stated fierce competition with private telecom service providers, especially in wireless services and churning of fixed line subscribers due to their preference for mobile services, as the reason for decline.

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