BSNL has registered mobile data revenue of Rs 1,380 crore in FY 2014-15, showing an outstanding growth of 92 percent vis-a-vis FY2013-14. In FY 2011-12, BSNL registered mobile data revenue of Rs 240 crore and this increased to Rs 720 crore in FY 2013-14.
To increase its data carrying capability, BSNL has focused on Wi-Fi, data center, 3G, 4G and FTTH in a big way. Till date, BSNL has installed 460 Wi-Fi hotspots in 230 cities and towns and is planning to install 2,500 Wi-Fi hotspots in FY 2015-16 to give a big fillip to data. In terms of FTTH, BSNL has done well in 45 cities though it has been laid out in 200 cities.
The company has also deployed six data centers in Gurgaon, Faridabad, Ahmedabad, Chennai, Bangalore and Pune of which Ahmedabad is a cloud data center to give a big push to data services in BSNL.
The company is also investing a lot to increase its data carrying capability. In terms of Capex, BSNL has invested Rs 3,300 crore in FY 2014-15 and plans are to invest Rs 7,700 crore in FY 2015-16.