BSNL, MTNL burdened by excessive Wi-Fi consumption by MPs

State-owned telecom companies BSNL and MTNL are incurring losses as a result of providing high-speed Wi-Fi connections to members of Parliament at low rates

Photo Courtesy: PTI
Photo Courtesy: PTI


State-owned telecom companies are incurring losses in providing high-speed Wi-Fi connections to members of Parliament, said Ravi Shankar Prasad Union Minister for Communications and Electronics and Information Technology.

As per data available with the Telecom Ministry till May 2019, Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited (MTNL) and Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) have provided an aggregate of 757 Internet connections to members of Parliament.

All connections are high-speed Wi-Fi Fibre to the Home (FTTH) connections. The MTNL alone has provided 728 of these connections.

According to the MTNL, on each Wi-Fi connection (ranging from three to six numbers) provided to MPs during 2015-16, it incurred an average cost of ₹1.7 lakh, including annual maintenance charges for four years after three years warranty. But the charges levied upon individual MPs for each Wi-Fi connection was ₹1,500 per month, excluding GST.

The BSNL said each FTTH connection to MPs cost the company ₹ 25,000, but it could charge them only ₹2,200 per month, exclusive of GST for the services.

While the MTNL offers speeds of 100 Mbps up to 500 GB and 10 Mbps thereafter, the BSNL offers connections at a speed of 10 Mbps. The two corporations have received a cumulative number of 1,054 complaints in the last two years.

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