Mumbai, Aug 09: State-run telecom major BSNL will introduce GSM technology-enabled fixed cellular terminal phones nationwide, taking a cue from the country's top private telecom player Airtel.
Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd has invited requests for proposals from manufacturers for fixed cellular terminals.
"BSNL is already providing Fixed Wireless Terminals (FWTs) in urban as well as rural areas using CDMA technology. Now, we are planning to use the GSM platform as well," a top official said.
The company has already decided to introduce FCT as a product into the market, in its meeting held last month.
Recently, Airtel has started providing Fixed Phones using GSM technology (FCTS) under their license areas and is targeting fixed line customers with very aggressive tariffs.
Bharti Airtel has launched GSM-enabled fixed wireless phone (FWP) service, offering local calls to a mobile subscriber with a fixed line telephone charge of 40 paise a minute.
The move is aimed at countering Reliance Communications and Tata Teleservices who witness maximum number of subscribers in CDMA based fixed wireless telephones.