BSNL has been ramping up its efforts to be at par with private players in India. Although BSNL has a wide coverage, it still falls behind particularly because it offers only 2G and 3G connectivity. Reliance Jio’s 4G VoLTE entry has caused quite an upheaval in the telecom department affecting incumbent players, including BSNL. The state run telco will soon be at par with competing telcos as it plans to announce 4G VoLTE services soon.
Anupam Shrivastava, the chairman and managing director of BSNL, was quoted by Ultra News as saying, “BSNL is launching 4G mobile services shortly. During the financial year 17-18 BSNL will introduce VoLTE.” BSNL’s 4G plans have long been in the news with most reports pointing towards a year-end launch. However, this is the first we’re hearing of 4G VoLTE services by BSNL.
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) essentially means placing a voice call using internet connectivity, and with data being used HD voice calls are made. Reliance Jio began its journey offering “free” calls and data through its 4G VoLTE connectivity. At the same time, it also launched Reliance Digital smartphones with 4G VoLTE support at budget rates. BSNL isn’t the first to join the 4G VoLTE bandwagon as telcos like Airtel, Vodafone are expected to roll out their services by September. RELATED: Reliance Jio needs to brace for VoLTE competition from Airtel, Vodafone and Idea Cellular
In comparison, BSNL like Airtel and Vodafone will possibly have an upper hand with their 4G VoLTE services against Jio. Why so because these telcos would have additional 2G and 3G networks to fall back to provided the 4G services do not work. Speaking about BSNL’s 4G services, it has a structured plan of replacing all 2G base stations and old equipment with modern ones so as to provide 3G and 4G services. Shrivastava also highlights that BSNL’s 4G services will be set at competitive prices keeping in mind the competition. ALSO READ: BSNL to roll out 4G services in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana this year