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Broad band services at 16 stations in Thrissur

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THRISSUR, SEPT. 17. Broad band services which will enable the subscribers to transmit voice, data and videos in high speed through telephone lines will be introduced in 16 stations in Thrissur soon, the Chief General Manager of BSNL Kerala Circle, S.A. Thomas, has said.

Mr. Thomas was here to inaugurate the Intranet Software Automated Management Users System of Exchanges (AMUSE) at the Chembukkavu exchange today. The AMUSE will help the BSNL authorities to keep track of the various data relating to the operation, development and maintenance from various exchanges from Chembukkavu exchange itself.

He said the Digital Subscriber Loop Access Multiplexer (DSLAM), for providing the broad band services, would be installed both the in the city as well as in the areas like Mala, Kodungalloor and Valappad which were far away from the district headquarters.

In the city, there would be a blanket coverage of broad band services and the facilities for this would be provided in eight stations Aranattukara, P&T Quarters, Nellikkunnu, Viyyur, Suharsha Building, Valiyalukkal, Pallimoola and Kuttur, the Principal General Manager of the BSNL, Thrissur, Thomas Phillip, said.

DSLAM services

The exchanges in the city and its periphery where DSLAM will be provided are: Thrissur-OCB, Thrissur-Chembukkavu, Punkunnam, Ayyanthole, Mannuthy, Kuriachira, Ollur and Nedupuzha. It will also be installed in Chalakkudy, Guruvayur, Irinjalakkuda, Kunnamkulam and Mulankunnathukavu. In the areas outside the city, the services will be available only in 2 km areas around the exchanges.

Emphasising the various advantages of the broad band services, the Deputy General Manager of the BSNL Thrissur, Francis, said once these facilities were made available on a wide scale, people would come back to demand the telephone land line instead of mobile services because they could talk and sent large volumes of data and videos at a very high speed.

Mr. Francis said as per estimates in the next couple of years, there would be a demand for 4.5 lakh broad band service connections which would practically enable the subscriber to use the telephone lines as cables for accessing television network as well.

Waiting list

Mr. Phillip said the waiting list for land phone in the district was 21,000 and it would be cleared during the current year itself. Already telephone connections were available on demand in 26 stations and 77 exchanges would be made on demand by the year-end.

The tele-density of the city (13.67 per cent) was much higher than the national average (7 per cent) and the State average of 12 per cent. Thrissur city had a much higher tele-density of 22 per cent. Mr. Phillip said that already 17,000 Internet connections were working in the district and the CLI-based accountless Internet would be launched here in October.

Mobile services

Mr. Thomas said all the waitlist registrations for mobile pre-paid connections up to June 30 last had already been cleared. In all, 16,251 fresh applications were received for pre-paid mobile connections and they would be cleared in the next two months. He said 41 mobile towers had already been installed in the district and another 31 would be commissioned soon.

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