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BSNL mobile

This is with reference to "BSNL not so mobile as private sector rivals" (Business Line, October 21). The article fails to note the following points:

  • In Tamil Nadu, Kolkata and Bihar, BSNL had tried to experiment and promote C-DoT — an indigenously developed technology — sacrificing its business interests. The intention was to promote local R&D — something that private companies will never do.

  • Mumbai and Delhi are the most lucrative markets in India where private players will go to any extent to garner more profits. Is it fair to take them as benchmarks for performance? Also, the performance of MTNL, Delhi, which was on a par with Airtel last month, was ignored.

    B Sunil Kumar

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