Gopal Das has been appointed the Chairman and Managing Director of BSNL, the largest wireline service provider in India, and the fourth largest wireless telecom operator in the India with 71.68 million subscribers. Das was previously Chief General Manager, (Wireless Services) in Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited at Mumbai. The choice of Das at the helm of BSNL is rather interesting given the following reasons: - A merger between BSNL and MTNL, both government owned entities, has been on the back-burner for quite a while, and Das has worked with both BSNL and MTNL. - BSNL's biggest challenge in recent times has been its striking employees which don't want the company to be publicly listed, while the Government is looking to divest. Das had previously been Director of Human Resource Development at BSNL, and during his tenure, BSNL a massive corporate restructuring, which outgoing CMD Kuleep Goyal initiated. Note: We see a public listing of BSNL as a means to price-discovery for defining a share swap ratio for a merger with MTNL. MTNL doesn't have scale or pace, but operates in two of India's richest mobile circles - Mumbai and Delhi. The State of BSNL BSNL's star has been on the wane: it was once the third largest wireless operator in India, and now with 71.68 million connections and a low rate of growth (1 million; seven telecom operators added more connections than BSNL in June 2010) it is likely to be pushed to number six by the end of the…
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