Telecom and General Infrastructure

Introduction Objectives Qualified Manpower
Telecom General Infrastructure Human Resources Development and Training
Bites BPO Potential in Non-metro Cities IT Corridor
DATA Security Marketing Destination Karnataka
Relaxations BPO Infrastructure Companies Technology Upgradation
Anchor Companies Special Economic Zone [SEZ] Glossary
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  • Karnataka has many telecom companies in the sectors of Telecommunication Network, Basic Telephony Services (both wire line & wireless) and Networking Services for telecommunication equipments.
  • Bangalore offers a truly wide choice of players in telecom. The entire State is networked via Optic Fibre Cables (OFC) by the State-run BSNL (formerly DOT) as well as private companies like Bharti, Reliance, VSNL and TATA Tele Services.
  • The Last Mile Access is provided by BSNL as well as TATA Tele Services in parts of the State. The new private companies, Bharti and Reliance, provide the Last Mile Access directly to the customer in all major cities in Karnataka.
  • VSNL has substantial redundancy in International Bandwidth circuits. For example, the International Bandwith circuit can be accessed from Bangalore to Mumbai via 3 different routes, viz. Bangalore – Pune – Mumbai; Bangalore – Sholapur – Mumbai and Bangalore – Karwar – Mumbai.
  • Bangalore is also connected to major submarine cables viz. India – UAE; SEA-ME-WE2; FLAG; SEA-ME-WE-3 through Mumbai; SAFE and SEA-ME-WE-3 through Kochi; and i2i SINGTEL through Chennai which is a joint Televenture of Bharti Telecom. The i2i submarine cable has 8.6 tere byte capacity.

General Infrastructure

  • Karnataka is one of the most progressive states in India. It has decentralized maximum decision-making powers to cities all over the State. The cities have used these powers to create suitable infrastructure for BPO Companies.
  • The State is also in the forefront of reforms. The State Transportation Network is divided into four divisions resulting in higher profitability.


  • The State is committed to power sector reforms. The privatisation of distribution of power to private companies is envisaged. In this respect, the Electicity Board has been split into four independent companies for enhancing efficiency in operations.
  • The State has a professional Financial Monitoring System in which the transactions in 225 treasuries are computed and monitored in real time.
  • Karnataka also has a large number of agencies for the development of infrasturcture. Every major city has a Development Authority. The Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) is the most profitable entity in the entire country with bonds listed on the National Stock Exchange.
  • The Karnataka Road Development Corporation Ltd. (KRDCL) oversees the intensive development of major roads. The Infrasturcture Development Corporation of Karnataka (IDecK) is a unique joint venture of the Government of Karnataka and the Infrasturcture Development Finance Corporation (IDFC), that is empowered and committed to the continous improvement of the infrasturcture in urban areas.
  • The State has a large number of private sector players who can provide IT companies with cutting edge facilities developed by major Indian players like RMZ Corporation, Embassy, Prestige, IBS, Brigade, Larsen & Toubro, etc. They have excellent quality control and project planning skills. For instance, HSBC’s 180,000 sq.ft. facility was conceptualised, designed and executed in just 135 days. This HSBC Centre is the largest in India and also the best in terms of worldstandard technology.
  • Karnataka has been the birthplace of a large number of financial institutions in the country. Many nationalised banks of the country have originated from Karnataka. The State has an excellent banking network that covers even towns and villages. The companies could benefit from this extensive banking network.
  • This BPO Policy is aimed at attracting players in all categories, viz. Captives, Pure-Play Third Party Providers and IT Services Companies and has a provision to ofer customised incentives and concessions for large investors.

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