Estancia Integrated Township gets exclusive BSNL telephone exchange

March 11, 2009

Estancia Integrated Township, at Maraimalai Nagar, is all set to get an exclusive BSNL telephone exchange within the complex, enabling “Total Telecom Solutions” to all the residential units, as per the MoU signed between the promoters (L & T and Arun Excello) and BSNL. 

The Economic Times
As per the MoU, BSNL would extend copper-optic fiber connectivity with 100 per cent redundancy to all buildings inside Estancia to deliver its services including voice and data services, high speed broadband, centrex facility, mobile services, wi-fi hotspots, MPLS-VPN and Internet lines. 

BSNL would give the 1900 residents a deposit free telephone connection with STD facility and supply the telephone instrument free of cost.

Full article here [] 

While the proposal of setting up telephone exchanges is an obvious necessity for such large townships in farther suburbs, it is always better to have provision for multiple players. 

In our 10 year old apartment complex in Velachery, BSNL does have underground lines running to all blocks and into the apartments. Enabling a new connection in an apartment is as easy as plugging the phone into sockets (after the line is configured to go live). 

But, all other lines including Hathway (cable internet), Airtel Landline, etc.,. have their wires hanging between blocks and running through windows into the residential units. So, it is important that additional concealed piping is made available for other competing service providers to route their land-line services, at a later date. 

Hope such MoU-s do not have clauses for blocking out additional provisions for competing services.

Update : 

The official press release on the MoU between L & T Arun Excello and BSNL adds.. 

India PRwire
‘We have signed around 100 such agreements with real estate developers so that they can offer a telecom-ready building to their customers,’ he added. 

L & T Arun Excello will construct and offer BSNL 2,500 sq.ft building for running a telephone exchange on annual lease rent of Re.1. For the telecom giant it is a winning deal as the township project has 1,900 residential apartments, an IT special economic zone (SEZ), hotel, mall and other facilities. 

‘We will recover our investment of Rs.60 million in a year’s time,’ said Velusamy.

Full Press Release here [] 

Wow !! The six crores spent is to be recovered in a year’s time !! 

That works out to billing each apartment nearly Rs.32000 / year or around Rs.2650 / month (considering 1900 residential units).

(This post is part of the discussion thread on L&T Arun Excello Estancia)