Telecom ministry issues notices to BSNL, MTNL over poor quality

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: The telecom ministry has issued notices to state-owned BSNL, MTNL and India Posts after union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad personally took note of citizen complaints over service quality on social media since July. Prasad, who has over 4.65 lakh followers on Facebook, received the complaints relating to the three departments under his ministry.

BSNL, MTNL merger to be decided within 4-5 months

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: The decision on merging state-run BSNL and MTNL will be taken in the next four-five months, telecom secretary Rakesh Garg said. “BSNL, MTNL merger decision will be taken in four-five months after studying the IIM report on it,” he said. Anupam Shrivastava, BSNL chairman-cum-managing director, said MTNL will be delisted before the merger. MTNL stocks rallied 20% intra-day. The stocks were trading 14.46% up at 2.11 pm in the Bombay Stock Exchange.

India Government rules out privatization of BSNL, MTNL

IndiaNEW DELHI: Government today ruled out privatization of BSNL and MTNL even as it admitted that the two state-run telecom service providers were not in the pink of their health.  Responding to a supplementary during the Question Hour in Rajya Sabha, telecom minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, said the intention of the government was to bring them back to profitability.