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Barring Birunani in Virajpet taluk and Galibeedu in Madikeri taluk, laying of optical fibre cable (OFC) is almost complete in the district. A 5000-line trunk automatic exchange was commissioned in March here at a cost of Rs. 1.77 crore. "We are constantly concentrating on improving the services," the General Manager of the BSNL, Kodagu, R. Mani, told The Hindu on Tuesday.
He said the mobile phone service of the BSNL too had done well since it was introduced.
Against the capacity of 5,900 connections, the district had 4,000 connections. Stating that the mobile phone service covered Madikeri, Somwarpet, Virajpet, Gonicoppa, and Kushalnagar, he said a new base station had been approved for Polibetta.
He said Siddapur, Ammathi, Srimangala, Kutta, Hudikeri, and Napoklu would be covered under the second phase of the mobile phone service.
The Wireless in Local Loop (WLL) service was best suited for Kodagu's terrain, since it provided coverage up to 16 km. from the base station.
A 0.5K capacity WLL station was commissioned in Madikeri in January last for the benefit of rural subscribers, he said.
Single module exchanges at Napoklu, Shanivarasante, Kodlipet, Bettageri, and Nelji had been converted into remote subscribers units (RSUs) in the past year.
He said RSUs replaced C-DoT 256 exchanges at Biligeri, Kakkabe, Bhagamandala, Rudruguppe, Parane, and Yadavanadu.
Stable media (8 Mb OFC) was commissioned at Kutta, Srimangala, Hudikeri, Alur-Siddapura, Kodlipet, Ankanahalli, and Yadavanadu. The Ammathi and Kushalnagar exchanges were shifted to new buildings recently.
He said RSUs would be commissioned at Peraje and Karike in Madikeri taluk. Buildings to accommodate the exchanges in Madapura in Somwarpet taluk, Cherambane in Madikeri taluk, and Gonicoppa in Virajpet taluk were being constructed.
Telephone connection was being provided on demand in Madikeri.
The BSNL had kept the fault rate to the minimum. It was down to 0.30 per cent a day, Mr. Mani said. However, the monsoon posed a tough challenge to the department since more faults were reported.
There were 76 exchanges in Kodagu District, with 66 performing well with a single digit fault rate.
Mr. Mani agreed that certain technical hitches needed to be overcome to improve access to the Internet. The speed would improve once the C-NODE equipment was installed here.
There were 713 Internet users in the district. He announced that customer service centres would be established at Gonicoppa and Kushalnagar. This would ease pressure on Virajpet and Somwarpet centres.
The equipped capacity of Kodagu BSNL as regards landlines was 60,560, WLL 500, and mobile 5,900. The working direct exchange lines (DELs) were 48,000, 140, and 4000, respectively, he said.
Of the capacity of 18,656 landlines and 500 WLL lines in Madikeri, working DELs were 14,351 and 140, respectively.
The Virajpet sub-division had a capacity of 25,424 lines as against 20,364 DELs, while Somwarpet sub-division had a capacity of 16,480 lines with 13,082 DELs. The staff strength in the Kodagu BSNL was 485.
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