Digital India project could be a lifeline for
The Digital India project, which aims at delivering the gamut of government services through cell phone applications, could provide a lifeline to struggling state-run telecom companies Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) and Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd (MTNL) by way of a near Rs 92,000 crore annual revenue opportunity by 2020.
MTNL has proposed the formation of a separate 50:50 joint venture with BSNL for jointly delivering citizen services across India at a flat rate of Rs 25 per transaction on a nomination basis in internal presentations to telecom secretary Rakesh Garg that ET has seen.
The ambitious revenue outlook is based on an estimated 10 crore citizen service transactions a day by 2020 from 1 crore a day now once the Digital India initiative gains traction, said an MTNL director aware of these presentations.
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