Bhubaneswar, August 20 (LocalWire) Fixed phone subscriber base in the state declined as high as 32% in June, the month after severe cyclonic storm Fani hit Odisha, destroying power and telecom infrastructure in Puri and other coastal areas of the state.
The number of fixed-line connections lost by end-June was 1,142, higher than 865 connections lost by end of May, according to all-India subscriptions data released by Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on Monday.
A comparison of fixed-line telephone subscription for April, May and June indicated state-run BSNL has been the biggest loser in all three months.
The government undertaking registered a decline of 3,706 connection in June, up from 2,405 connection lost by end of May.
Officials responsible for wireline connectivity of BSNL in Odisha declined to comment on the matter, saying the latest data has not reached the regional office yet.
All major telecom network providers had suffered damage to their connectivity infrastructure causing huge disruption in wireless telephony in May.
Landline connections also suffered huge losses as many poles got uprooted and wires got cut due to falling of trees.
Though BSNL has been losing its customer base for a quite a long time in terms of fixed-line connectivity, the decline post-Fani cyclone was significantly higher, according to the TRAI data.
Among private operators, Tata Telecom, which had gained in April, has since pared some subscribers.
The officials responsible for Odisha business of Tata Telecom did not respond to phone calls.
Reliance Communications has been continuing to drop in the state while Vodafone Idea has been steady with very limited connections, TRAI data indicated.
The fixed-line phone services provided by private telecom operators mostly deal with fixed broadband connectivity services.