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Government should either consider equity infusion in BSNL or shut it down, says Kotak Equities

March 15, 2019
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According to a report by Kotak Institutional Equities (KIE), Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited’s (BSNL) accumulated losses might have exceeded Rs 900 billion as of December-end 2018. To this end, KIE has suggested the government to either consider equity infusion in BSNL or shut it down and bear a one-time loss to save costs.

KIE has also maintained that the preferential low or no-cost spectrum allocation alone will not work as a remedy to BSNL’s problem. The BSNL management had sought preferential equity infusion in the company in lieu of providing 4G spectrum.

As per the report, the entire telecom industry is in a quite unhealthy state due to low tariffs and this might worsen even further if the tariffs don’t go up. Also, KIE has forecasted that the upcoming spectrum auction might not yield good results if it happens.

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