BSNL Services Can Be Shut Down Due To Non-Payment Of Rs 1500 Cr Dues To These Private Companies
Another big threat looms over BSNL services, pan-India.
Due to the non-payment of dues to the tower companies, entire BSNL services can be shut down in the coming days.
This is not the first time BSNL services are being disrupted due to non-payment of pending dues.
Tower Companies: We Will Stop BSNL Services
Tower & Infrastructure Providers Association (Taipa), is an infliencial association of network tower and infrastructure companies, which provide all infrastructure related services to telecom companies.
BSNL has failed to pay Rs 1500 crore pending dues to these tower companies, and as a result, their association has threatened to disrupt BSNL services pan India.
They have directly reached out to the Department of Telecom or DoT, and asked for help.
In their statement, TAIPA has made it clear that if the payment is not cleared, then BSNL services will not only be disrupted but can also shut down.
In a statement, TAIPA said, “Tower & Infrastructure Providers Association (TAIPA) has urged the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) for urgent intervention and support in clearing the dues of their infrastructure provider members for maintaining round the clock continuity of telecom operations at BSNL tower sites,”
Tower Companies Are Not Able To Work Due To Pending Dues
As per the association of tower and infrastructure companies, due to the pending amount due, they are not able to carry on their regular operations, and non-payment of dues is pending since long.
The association is based out of New Delhi, and represents infrastructure companies such as Bharti Infratel, Indus Towers, American Tower Corporation (ATC), GTL Infrastructure, Applied Solar Technologies and TowerVision.
TR Dua, Director-General, Taipa said, “The situation has become highly critical now with total outstanding dues from BSNL amounting to Rs 1500 crore which has been pending for long,”
Ever since lockdown has been announced pan-India, there has been additional usage of data and voice, and this may have prompted the association to take such an extreme call.
For BSNL, which is right now surviving on the relief package, it would be tough to scoop out additional funds to pay to the tower companies.
We will keep you updated, as more details come in.