As per a circular issued by Shameem Akhtar, Sr. General Manager (Telegraph Services) Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) Corporate office, New Delhi, the telegraph service is to be discontinued with effect from July 15, 2013.

TelegraphOn July 15, state owned telecom service provider BSNL will shut down telegraph services, a 160 year old service which was once the mainstay of quick communcation in the country, according to a new report.

The press trust of India reports: As per a circular issued by Shameem Akhtar, Sr. General Manager (Telegraph Services) Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) Corporate office, New Delhi, the telegraph service is to be discontinued with effect from July 15, 2013.

The department of posts has also given its consent to shut the service.

With high mobile phone penetration, telegraph services are practically unused these days. A telegram would cost Rs 28 per message whereas a text message is almost free. With nearly 900 million telephone subscriptions, India has a tele-density of  over 70.

With over 120 million Internet users, India is also one of the world’s largest Internet economies.

The report quoted a source who said : “We have taken a decision to close the service after consultation with the Department of Posts. They also said that there are better options available.

Staff working for the telegraph division will be asked to work on mobile, landline and broadband services.

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