What BSNL Can Do With CDMA 800MHz Spectrum

State owned Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd which runs a CDMA network country-wide alongwith much used GSM /3G network is planning to hire a consultant firm to take suggestions on What to do for its CDMA network?

According to industry sources, BSNL is on the way to explore the options to utilize Pan India CDMA network on 800MHz band. But Chairman and Managing Director or BSNL, RK Upadhyaya confirms that the company has no plan to close CDMA services and it will continue with CDMA and EVDO services.

Currently BSNL has only 4.8 million CDMA customers compared to 93 million GSM / 3G customers and running CDMA business with low profile specially in rural and remote area with voice services but EVDO coverage is quite inadequate compared to other CDMA players like MTS India, RCom and TTSL. For private dual technology players like Reliance Communications (Rcom) and Tata Teleservices (TTL) are pushing GSM /3G instead of CDMA and both are intending to use CDMA network for data only in coming days.

Even another state-owned player Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd (MTNL) has decided not to invest in its  CDMA network whcih has CDMA spectrum and license with limited mobility in Mumbai and Delhi (MTNL has some license issues to upgrade to EVDO and offer data roaming, but offers Unlimited 1X data usage for Rs.75/month – cheapest in the industry) MTNL is India’s first 3G mobile service provider and pushing 3G – GSM Mobile services only.

But for BSNL CDMA network is very important, mainly for two reason – their 3G-GSM (UMTS/WCDMA/HSPA) network is quite poor in tems of bandwidth coverage on 2100MHz band. But BSNL EVDO network on 800MHz offers more coverage. Secondly BSNL already plans to return WiMAX spectrum and thus EVDO and 3G will be the only way to provide wireless broadband.

1. Aggressive EVDO coverage expansion with ZTE

Though BSNL has quite good coverage in the metro and urban areas, on sub-urban areas especially tier II and III cities BSNL has less than 20% EVDO coverage, where private players have coverages.

As now BSNL entered into equipment supply agreement with ZTE, which is one of the world’s top CDMA supplier, BSNL should take care of EVDO expansion via ZTE.

2. Investing on EVDO Rev B network

Instead of investing EVDO rev A (3.1 Mbps downlink), BSNL must go for EVDO Rev B technology, preferably Rev B Phase II (supports upto 4.9Mbps per 1.25MHz channel).

3. Starting trials of LTE on 800MHz band on 1.4MHz channels

LTE can be deployed in channel widths as small as 1.4 megahertz, and in low spectrum bandwidth, for example, LTE’s very high spectral efficiency and edge of cell performance means that even in a 1.4 MHz channel LTE provides close to the average sector throughput performance of an HSPA 5 MHz carrier. NTT Docomo has already started some trials on LTE over 1.4MHz channels. BSNL can either do their own trials or wait for global LTE roll out on this way.

4. On voice & text front BSNL can offer all voice and text (in home & roaming to any network in India) rate at flat 30 paisa per minute, similar to MTS’s recent offerings. With such offer and a bit good promotion BSNL can grab some new CDMA voice customers. Also BSNL can tie up with ZTE for bundled CDMA smartphones and tablets.

BSNL currently offers cheapest Unlimited Wireless Broadband over EVDO – Rs 750/month. With rapid expansion of EVDO network, BSNL can not only compete with 3G/EVDO players but also win the game.

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docomo
docomo
July 11, 2012 11:24 am 11:24 AM

Bsnl shud rule the data sector

docomo
docomo
July 11, 2012 11:18 am 11:18 AM

If it costs just 3 rupees per gb then bsnl shud cum up wd plans like 50rupee per gb

Sathish
Sathish
July 11, 2012 10:49 am 10:49 AM

This article is looks like first-aid for BSNL.

So TT should make an article about the best things of BSNL!

Do something new for BSNL!

Srikanth
Srikanth
July 10, 2012 10:13 pm 10:13 PM

ADITYA :
ASK ‘RCOM-TATA-MTS CDMA/AUSPI CARTEL’ REGARDING “What BSNL Can Do With CDMA 800MHz Spectrum” BECAUSE THEY ARE THE ONES WHO ARE CONTROLLING AND INSTRUCTING/DICTATING BSNL MANAGEMENT AND ITS BABUS ON CDMA/EVDO PRICING AND STRATEGY… WHICH IS VERY SIMPLE… I.E TO BENEFIT RCOM-TATA-MTS CDMA/AUSPI CARTEL AND DESTROY BSNL!!!

+1

sachin
sachin
July 10, 2012 8:41 pm 8:41 PM

This is true All the private operators are giving bribe to MTNL and BSNL babus. Thats why mtnl and bsnl is not providing good quality of service even though they have very very very good infra. In any mean mtnl n bsnl have latest equipments but they are not putting them on why????.MTNL and BSNL are capable of giving good service to their cost. in much much better way then private operators.
Telecom Talk Do you agree??? You should bring an artical on this issue too.

Sathish
Sathish
July 10, 2012 8:37 pm 8:37 PM
BSNL 2G Mobile signal coverage will be available approximately 10-25 km radius from 2G site location mentioned below: Chennai Circle only: 900 Mhz BTS – 1904 Towers: List of Areas having BSNL GSM 2G Coverage – 1904 BTS in Chennai Circle as on June’12.  101_A_A_Scheme_Road  102_ELLAIAMMAN_KOIL_ST  103_ENNORE_PORT  104_RL_GTL_ERNAVUR_THER_PR_ST  105_NEW_WASHERMANPET_II  106_THIRUVOTRIYUR_II  107_RL_JYOTHI_NAGAR_RSU  108_THIRUVOTRIYUR  110_North_Chn_Thermal_Power_St  111_GTL_ERNAVUR  112_GTL_THIRUVOTRIYURAMASAMYNGR  113_Tondiarpet_New  114_TONDIARPET_GRILAKSHMI_APTS  115_Korukpet_Manali_Road  116_THIRUVOTRIYUR_SBI_COLONY  117_RL_Minjure_Town  118_Nedunchezhain_Ng_Tondairpet  119_RL_Nandiambakkam  120_RL_NETHAJINR_VAIDYANATAN_ST  121_GTL_MNL_PETROCHEMICALS_LTD  122_MPL_MANALI  123_IOCL_TONDIARPET_TERMINEL  124_NBSNL_NETHAJI_NAGAR  125_NEW_WASHERMANPET  126_NBSNL_KALADIPET  127_Ullaganathapuram  128_ENNORE_EXCH  129_RL_KATHIVAKKAM_EXCH  130_VELLAVOYAL_CHAVADI_EXCH  131_CGM_QTRS  133_MPL_MANALI_PLANT_2  134_MANALI_ARALDITE_H2_MINI  135_TAJ  136_CPCL_MANALI_H2_MINI  137_FLOWER_BAZAAR_MSC  138_MANALI_MFL  139_Chinnamettupalayam  140_Elandanur  141_KALADIPET_METTU_STREET  142_Ennore_Thermal_Power_Stn  143_Edayanchavadi  144_RL_Nellore_Route_Athipattu  145_NEW_WASHERMANPET_RSU  147_RL_MINJUR  148_THIRUVOTRIYUR_KALAIGNAR_NGR  149_THIRUVOTRYUR_TIRUMALAI_AVNU  150_MANALI_NEW_TOWN  151_RL_TONDIARPET_T_VALLUVARNR  152_THIRUVOTRIYUR_TSR_NGR_EXTN  154_THIRUVOTRIYUR_RADHAKRISHNAN  156_HORIZON_APPARTMENTS  157_RL_Thiruvotriyur_III  159_RL_Ellaimuthalistreet  160_NEW_NAPALAYAM  161_RL_Annamalai_Nagar_Tvtr  162_MADIYUR_MINJUR  163_RL_ATHIPET… Read more »
ADITYA
ADITYA
July 10, 2012 6:52 pm 6:52 PM

ASK ‘RCOM-TATA-MTS CDMA/AUSPI CARTEL’ REGARDING “What BSNL Can Do With CDMA 800MHz Spectrum” BECAUSE THEY ARE THE ONES WHO ARE CONTROLLING AND INSTRUCTING/DICTATING BSNL MANAGEMENT AND ITS BABUS ON CDMA/EVDO PRICING AND STRATEGY… WHICH IS VERY SIMPLE… I.E TO BENEFIT RCOM-TATA-MTS CDMA/AUSPI CARTEL AND DESTROY BSNL!!!

Venky
Venky
July 10, 2012 6:45 pm 6:45 PM

Difinetly they should seek help from mts, and mts is a more professional company than any other company in India in CDMA sector.

Sathish
Sathish
July 10, 2012 5:26 pm 5:26 PM
BSNL 3G signal coverage will be available approximately 0.5 km radius from 3G site location mentioned below: Chennai Circle only: 100-Mylapore RakiappaSt III  101-Poes Garden V1  102-CIT Colony III  103-Mylapore Kwalitywal III  104-Mylapore Exchange 2P  105-MBM TelegraphOff III  106-All India Radio III  107-Teynampet Fisheries III  108-Gopalapuram Exchange 2P  109-Mylapore VM Street IV G  110-Mylapore Patel 2P  111-Mylapore DBS 2P  112-Anna Arivalayam III G  113-Teynampet Sethama IV G  114-Eldams Rd V1  115-Teynampet GunaCmpl IV G  116-Ethirajsalai 3P G  117-SpencerPlaza 2P  118-HaddowsRoad Exch 2P  119-Pudupet MeerMadan IV G  120-MountRoad III  121-NHRoad GangaGriha III  122-Apollo Hospital III  123-RC Tower III  124-GreamesRoad Exchange 2P… Read more »
Sathish
Sathish
July 10, 2012 4:40 pm 4:40 PM
List of Areas having BSNL EVDO Coverage – Tower Location in Chennai City: 1 ADYAR 2 Ambattur_Exch 3 ANNA NAGAR 4 ANNA NAGAR WEST 5 ANNA ROAD 6 ANNAI INDIRA NAGAR 7 ARUMBAKKAM MMDA 8 AVADI 9 CHENGALPATTU TOWN 10 CHROMEPET 11 CIT COLONY MYLAPORE 12 ETHIRAJ SALAI 13 FLOWER BAZAAR 14 GOPALAPURAM 15 GUINDY 16 HADDOWS ROAD 17 HARBOUR 18 INDIAN BANK SHOLINGANALLUR 19 IRUNGATTUKOTTAI 20 J.J.R NAGAR 21 JJR QTRS 22 K.K. NAGAR 23 KALMANDAPAM 24 KANCHEEPURAM EXGE 25 KANCHI NILAYAM 26 KEELKATTALAI 27 KEELKOTTAIYUR 28 KELAMBAKKAM 29 KELLYS 30 KENDRIYA VIHAR 31 KODAMBAKKAM 32 KOYAMBEDU 33 KUMANANCHAVADI… Read more »
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