It’s been quite a while when state-owned telecom honcho BSNL has been stating about the launch of its 4G services in India. However, this did not really occur till now. However, it’s expected to change very soon as the telco has now introduced 4G USIM priced at just ₹20. Earlier, when BSNL has introduced 3G services in India, they have picked the USIM at ₹200, however, the price of the 4G USIM is now 10% of the previous price at ₹20. To look back, since 2014, BSNL has been promising the 4G services rollout and has been asking the government to allow 4G spectrum, the reason being the head-on-head with private telecom operators who are offering 4G services at much cheaper prices in the country. BSNL has also added that it would provide 10,000 4G eNode-Bs in the North, South, East and West zones very soon. In fact, the telco has already commissioned its first 4G tower in Karnataka.
So, now subscribers of BSNL who would like to transition to 4G services and take full benefit of the new network would need to exchange their existing SIM for the new 4G USIM. It is, in fact, that noted that subscribers would be unable to access the 4G network via their old 2G/3G SIMs. So, now the plagued days of BSNL are finally over, and after a lot of clarifications, only the new 4G USIM card which would be now introduced in the market and would also have more slots to work in all 2G/3G and 4G in various circles in the country. The BSNL SIM cards (4G USIM) come regardless of memory size and are of fourth form factor, same as the existing 4G SIM cards of other telcos.
This new low price of the 4G SIM cards by Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited is bound to increase the awareness among people about the new 4G network and is also expected to bring some subs in for the company. BSNL has already started their 4G network in states like Kerala and Karnataka is planning to complete their setup of the 4G in the entire country by year-end. In fact, it needs worth mentioning here that the effective price of ₹20 of the new USIMs would be applicable starting April 9, 2018.
Another point to be noted here is that BSNL has not launched 4G services in the country yet and there’s a fight going on between the state-run telco and the government for the allocation of 4G spectrum to the telecom operator. However, a while back, BSNL has also commissioned for the first 4G tower in Karnataka state.