The non-telecom activities of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) will now be carried out by its subsidiary BSNL Tower Corporation Limited (BTCL).

According to industry sources, BTCL has begun a separate accounting process from October 1, 2020.

In addition, the subsidiary will undertake all the projects where BSNL is mostly a facilitator. Further, in cases where BTCL undertakes any project which entails telecom activity, BSNL will issue invoices at arm’s length principle to the latter. Besides, BTCL will undertake smart city projects, enterprise business, and external work as project management consultants for state governments, public sector banks and autonomous bodies among others.

Further, the chief general managers of all circles and heads of metro circles will be identifying non-telecom activities that can be carried out by BTCL.

BTCL was formed in 2018 to take over tower infrastructure assets of BSNL’s mobility division, work as an infrastructure provider category-I (IP-I), maintain dark fibre, ducts and provide telecom infrastructure on lease to other players.