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BSNL one step closer to pan-India 4G rollout as DoT approves spectrum allocation

The state-owned telco had submitted the proposal in 2017.

  • Published: September 12, 2018 9:42 AM IST
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After private players like Reliance Jio and Airtel, state-owned telecom operator Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) is all set to roll out its 4G services across the country. According to a report by ET Telecom, the Department of Telecommunication (DoT) has approved BSNL’s proposal requesting allocation of 2100MHz spectrum for launching 4G services.

The report further says that in 2017, the telco had submitted a request to acquire spectrum worth Rs 13,885 crore, seeking Rs 6,652 crore as equity infusion from the government. It’d initially wanted to cover the remaining cost through the revenue generated over the next decade. Now, after an inter-ministerial group’s recommendation, that time-frame has been extended to 16 years.

BSNL may have been a little late to enter the 4G arena, but its impending arrival will make the already-fierce competition in the telecom space even more cut-throat. Over the past few weeks, the telco has been busy ramping up its existing cellular and broadband offerings left, right, and centre.

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Recently, BSNL introduced a range of broadband plans that start at just Rs 99 per month and go up to Rs 399 a month. As reported by Telecom Talk, the telco plans to use these offerings to bring new subscribers to its network, so existing BSNL customers won’t be able to migrate to the newly-launched plans.

These plans offer data benefits of up to 600GB and come with 20Mbps, which will be capped to 1Mbps after the FUP limit is reached. They also come with unlimited voice calls. These are available across the country except for the Andaman & Nicobar telecom circle.

  • Published Date: September 12, 2018 9:42 AM IST