BSNL Set To Launch 4G Services Across India
Dated: April 04, 2016
State owned telecom provider BSNL will soon be launching their 4G services in 14 telecom circles as per reports. BSNL already has 20 MHz liberalized broadband Wireless (BWA) Spectrum in 2500 MHz band which allows for rollout of 4G services without any licensing hurdles.
The company, which has already soft launched 4G services in Chandigarh, is exploring two methods — revenue sharing model and capex model — for the 4G rollout. BSNL will be the latest entrant in the 4G space, which has seen in action recently with the top mobile operators including Bharti Airtel, Vodafone and Idea Cellular commencing services in various circles.
BSNL will be installing 4G base tower stations (BTS) in the existing GSM sites, which means there will be no additional expenditure on towers.
“This model is best suited as BSNL will not incur expenditure and much of the investment required will be borne by the vendor. This can be initiated in all 14 service areas. 4G customers will be owned by BSNL and billing will be done by BSNL,” the official said.
BSNL had reportedly paid Rs. 8,313.80 crore for 2,500 Mhz spectrum across its areas of service, but returned the spectrums allocated to the six states of Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal.