BPL Mobile To Strengthen Mumbai Network

Mumbai: | Updated: Sep 17 2003, 05:30am hrs
BPL Mobile will focus on strengthening its network in the crucial Mumbai circle over the next few months. The company is the second largest operator here with around 7.25 lakh subscribers, (according to figures released by the Cellular Operators Association of India for August 2003).

According to BPL Mobile chief operating officer Krishna Angara, in the next few months the company will increase the number of cell sites apart from enhancing switch capacity. Cell sites provide the all-important last mile access to a wireless user. We have around 380 cell sites in Mumbai today which we intend to increase to 600 by March 31 next year, he said. The company had earlier said that it had earmarked an investment of Rs 200 crore for the Mumbai circle. This will be invested over a six-month period.

The objective will be to put in place a strong network for the circle, explained Mr Angara.

BPL Mobile provides cellular services in the Mumbai circle while group company BPL Cellular operates in the circles of Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Kerala. The two companies together have 1.2 million subscribers. The Mumbai circle is the second largest in the country accounting for over two million subscribers. Hutchison Max, which operates here under the Orange brand name, is the largest player with 8.68 lakh subscribers while BPL is the second largest. Bharti Cellular has just over 3.6 lakh subscribers while Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd has 1.66 lakh subscribers.