Government-owned Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) is yet to launch 4G services in the country and it might take another six months for the firm to launch them officially across the country. However, BSNL has been testing 4G services in various South telecom circles for a while now. Kerala is one of the major telecom circle for BSNL and the telco did the soft launch of 4G services in Idukki district of Kerala. In the said district, BSNL is planning to convert 250 towers to 4G ones, so that the users will experience high-speed data compared to 3G and 2G. Furthermore, once BSNL converts these towers to 4G, customers will not be able to enjoy 3G services. Also, we have managed to grab some speed test reports conducted on BSNL 4G network and the download speeds have crossed 20 Mbps. Having said that, it’s very early to judge these speeds as the network would be congestion free now.
BSNL 4G Achieves Download Speed Over 20 Mbps
As you can see in the image below, the 4G download speed on BSNL network is 24.6 Mbps while the upload speed was 9.25 Mbps. That said, these speeds are on-par with other private telcos such as Vodafone Idea, Bharti Airtel and Reliance Jio. But in some areas, Airtel and Jio deliver far superior speeds which BSNL may not achieve with the current spectrum it has. What’s more interesting is the upload speed on BSNL 4G which is pretty much close to 10 Mbps. Private telcos often stumble in the upload speed department. For example, in my area, Airtel offers download speeds of over 20 Mbps, but the upload speeds never cross 2 Mbps, which is underwhelming. Amongst the private telcos, Idea Cellular offers the best upload speeds, followed by Vodafone, according to Trai and OpenSignal.
BSNL 4G USIM Available in Kerala
As of now, BSNL is offering 4G services in Idukki region of Kerala. The telco will be converting all its 250 towers in the region to 4G ones and it has entirely scrapped the 3G network. So if you have an old SIM card, the chances are that you’ll end up using BSNL’s 2G network. To avoid that, you can head over to any BSNL’ store in the region to avail a BSNL 4G SIM card. The BSNL 4G USIM costs Rs 20 and the activation can be done via Tele-verification.
BSNL 4G Services Also Available in Nagpur Rural Area
While users in Idukki district of Kerala are enjoying the long-awaited 4G services from BSNL, it’s unknown when the telco will be rolling the same on a pan-India basis. Very recently, the state-run telco has started providing 4G services in Nagpur rural area and Bhiwapur is the first region to get 4G in the said region. For those who want to enjoy BSNL 4G services in Nagpur, they can head over to the nearest BSNL store to get a 4G SIM card.