DoT says BSNL and MTNL turned Ebitda-positive in first half of FY21


State-owned telecom firms BSNL and MTNL turned EBITDA positive in the first half of monetary yr 2020-21, demonstrating a marked enchancment in efficiency inside a yr of approval of their revival plan, the Communications Ministry mentioned on Monday.

While EBITDA of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) rose to Rs 602 crore through the first half of 2020-2021, that of MTNL stood at Rs 276 crore, it mentioned in a launch.

Both organisations count on to scale back their losses by 50 per cent when in comparison with 2019-20, it mentioned.

In as far as 4G providers are involved, the Department of Telecom (DoT) has made its place clear that core community for 4G can be “totally made in India”.

BSNL and MTNL are strategic property, and will present an enormous impetus to Indian producers in the sector of telecom.

“Now within a year of revival plan, the state-owned undertakings Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) and Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd (MTNL) have turned EBITDA positive in first six months of this financial year,” the discharge mentioned.

Put merely, Earnings earlier than Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortisation or EBITDA is a measure of an organization’s operational efficiency.

BSNL is as soon as once more again on the observe of profitability, it added.

The enchancment in efficiency got here on the again of a pointy discount in wage invoice on account of Voluntary Retirement Scheme (VRS) beneath which practically 50 per cent workforce of BSNL and 75 per cent workforce of MTNL was diminished.

Further, BSNL was in a position to preserve its income and reduce down on different prices.

BSNL can be quickly increasing its Fiber-To-The Home (FTTH) connections and the progress is being carefully monitored by DoT.

“In the cell section, market share has elevated to 10.36 per cent in October, 2020 as per figures revealed by TRAI. BSNL added over 10 million new clients throughout this monetary yr in cell section.

“This has also given fillip to government’s Digital India drive of cashless transactions as online transactions increased by over 43 per cent in December, 2020 since last financial year,” the discharge added.

The authorities had authorised the revival package deal for BSNL and MTNL in October 2019 which included VRS, help for 4G spectrum, monetisation of core and non-core property, sovereign assure for bonds to be raised by the general public sector undertakings (PSUs), and merger of MTNL and BSNL in the quick run.

“BSNL and MTNL have very successfully raised money from the bond route. In the recent bond offer of MTNL, the issue was subscribed more than 3 times and for BSNL more than 2 times,” it mentioned.

MTNL and BSNL have been in a position to monetise core and non-core property totalling Rs 1,830 crore in 2019-20, and the quantity is anticipated to be in extra of Rs 3,000 crore in the present yr.

As many as six properties are anticipated to be authorised for public sale by means of DIPAM route, it identified.

“BSNL is monetising its tower property by leasing out its towers. It earned Rs 1,018 crore in the earlier yr and has deliberate to securitise the earnings from tower leases.

“BSNL towers have unique preposition of fiber connection in more than 70 per cent which make them highly attractive for telecom service providers,” it added.

Earlier on Monday, in a launch summing up the developments in the sector as half of yearly assessment for 2020, the DoT had mentioned the method for spectrum allocation for 4G providers to BSNL on pan-India foundation, together with Delhi and Mumbai, has been initiated and funds have been provisioned in FY2020-21.

It mentioned that general 92,956 workers of each the PSUs who opted for VRS have retired on January 31, 2020.

“The salary expenditure in BSNL and MTNL has reduced by around 50 per cent (about Rs 600 crore per month) and 75 per cent (about Rs 140 crore per month), respectively. EBIDTA has become positive in first half of FY2020-21 in both BSNL and MTNL,” it mentioned.

Further, sovereign assure of Rs 15,000 crore has been prolonged to BSNL/MTNL. They have raised funds from market to restructure present high-cost debt, the DoT launch mentioned.

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