This new Year, Kerala gets lucky. State-owned Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited(BSNL) is all geared up to launch its 4G services from Kerala in the next month, after Odisha, as being reported by a top company official.
Also, as per BSNL, confirming the launch of 4G on Long Term Evolution route i.e. the standard for high-speed wireless communication would enable its mobile customers to enjoy data speeds at a faster pace along with the improvement of user experiences.
To this, BSNL Chairman and Managing Director Anupam Shrivastava regarded that, “We are going to start 4G from Kerala. That will be our first circle on 4G LTE. We will initially focus on those areas where 3G coverage is low”. Later he added that this would be followed by Odisha, that would be a revenue positive circle for BSNL.
This is quite an important step on the part of the State-owned Telco, to sustain in the competition with prominent names like Bharti Airtel, Vodafone, and Jio that have already made a mark with their 4G footprint. So, now it expects the 5MHz spectrum. Which it currently has in the 2100MHz band, to be sufficient enough for the initial launch of its 4G services.
But, to expand this 4G service throughout the rest of the country, BSNL would require additional spectrum. Also, for this, BSNL would be seeking another 5MHz spectrum in the 2100MHz band, which it wants to fund by offering additional equity to its promoter, the government.
To this Shrivastava also added that “Once the additional 5MHz spectrum comes to us, we will start rolling out in Bengaluru, Hyderabad, and other places. So the network will become 2G, 3G, and 4G with enhanced data capability”.
Lastly, Shrivastava also added that BSNL, which has right now 10 crore mobile customers across India, except Mumbai and Delhi circles, expects to roll out 10,000 4G mobile towers by March 2018, and is also quite confident about the fact that once the additional spectrum comes in, this number would definitely rise. The company has also planned to create a separate brand identity for 4G services, adding that it would be announced at the time of the rollout of the services.