BSNL, Tata Sky Partner for Video-on-Demand Service

BSNL, Tata Sky Partner for Video-on-Demand Service

The state-owned telecom operator BSNL Wednesday partnered with DTH major Tata Sky to offer video-on-demand (VoD service to its broadband users.

Under the partnership, BSNL will waive off broadband rental for the first month while Tata Sky will offer its VoD service free for the first month to download content worth up to Rs. 500.

“We will implement this MoU to cover the entire nation within next six months… VoD has been gaining prominence and this partnership will help both the partners tap into the market better,” BSNL CMD Anupam Shrivastava told reporters in New Delhi.

BSNL has a base of two crore broadband users in the country, he added.

Tata Sky, which has a user base of about 11 million, will approach potential subscribers across the country for the new service, Tata Sky CEO Harit Nagpal said.

Once the customer gives consent, the BSNL team will set up broadband and Tata Sky will offer the VoD service.

Tata Sky has a library of over 4,000 titles. Recently, Tata Sky had said it will launch Internet browsing application on its platform, allowing its viewers to use apps selected by them through its existing set-top boxes on all television sets.

BSNL, Airtel in Talks for Spectrum Sharing Deal

BSNL, Airtel in Talks for Spectrum Sharing Deal

State-run BSNL is in preliminary discussions with the country’s top operator Bharti Airtel for spectrum sharing in four circles and the deal is likely to be finalised by June.

BSNL is looking at sharing spectrum in Rajasthan, UP (West), Bihar and Assam and has formed a committee to look into the feasibility aspect.

“Some preliminary discussions are going on at this stage.

BSNL is open to spectrum sharing with all operators but currently the discussions are taking place withAirtel,” BSNL Chairman and Managing Director Anupam Shrivastava told PTI.

He added the company has formed a committee to look into the feasibility aspect where it can really join hands together with other operators.

The government had last year approved the spectrum sharing norms allowing companies to share airwaves in the same band.

Spectrum sharing would be allowed only where both the licensees are having spectrum in the same band and leasing of spectrum will not be permitted, it said.

Also, sharing may be permitted where both entities possess spectrum for which market price has been paid.

Spectrum usage charge (SUC) will be levied on the entire spectrum holding in the particular band and all access spectrum including traded spectrum will be sharable.