Telegram service by BSNL to end from July 15, 2013
The telegram service provided by the BSNL will be discontinued from July 15, 2013. The BSNL Board has already approved for the end of the service and it has sought final clearance from the Department of Telecommunications.
Why this step?
Today, when the mobile phones and Internet services have reached the depths of India’s population, the telegraphic service is finding few customers to sustain itself. The BSNL who offers the service is now facing financial constraints as it faces an annual loss of Rs.300 – 400 crore from its telegraph service alone.
In India, the first telegraph message was transmitted live through electrical signals between Calcutta (now Kolkata) and Diamond Harbour, a distance of about 50 km, on November 5, 1850; and the service was opened for the general public in February 1855.