The government has mandated all state-controlled departments, public sector enterprises, and autonomous bodies to use capacities of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) and Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited (MTNL) network for broadband, internet, and leased lines.

To this end, the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) notified that all ministries, departments are accordingly requested to issue necessary instructions to organisations under their control for mandatory utilisation of BSNL and MTNL network.

The circular was issued by the DoT following the consultation with Ministry of Finance. It has been sent to secretaries of all ministries and departments for mandatory adherence.

The move has come on the backdrop of falling revenue of BSNL and MTNL due to the non-availability of commercial 4G services and non-participation in government-funded connectivity programs.