BSNL gears up for soft launch of 4G LTE services in Chandigarh today

By January 13th, 2016 AT 11:05 AM

State-run telecom service provider Bharat Sanchar Nigam (BSNL) is all set for the soft launch of its 4G LTE services in Chandigarh (Punjab Telecom Circle) today followed by Jaipur in coming days. Media reports also show that BSNL is currently conducting 4G proof of concept (PoC) in Indore and Lucknow. Once its get completed it will deploy services there too.

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Out of the 20 circles where it operates, the company plans to launch the high-speed fourth-generation services across six telecom circles with Gemini Communications as the system integrator. Earlier, BSNL CMD Anupam Shrivastava had said that the company might tie up with other telecom companies for launching its 4G services. As per media reports, Reliance Jio and Telenor were the potential partners for the strategic tie up.

Reliance Jio had already entered into a deal with BSNL for leasing out 4,000 of its mobile towers as it is the only telco having 4G spectrum in 2300 MHz band across all 22 telecom circles in India. It should be noted here that BSNL had limited spectrum to offer 4G services and it required at least 5 MHz for offering full-fledged 4G services.

Meanwhile, the company is also integrating its network with 3G, 4G network in order to transfer customers to Wi-Fi. It is investing about Rs 7,000 crore in setting up Wi-Fi hotspots integrated with 3G, 4G networks in India over the next two years.

Having over six years of experience in business journalism, Krishna has a knack for writing on telecom and IT. She believes that tryst with technology is the best thing that has ever happened to the mankind. Krishna is a telecom analyst with CMR

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Varun
Varun

Breaking News :- Jio is the last operator to launch 4G. Even BSNL is putting efforts in launching?

DUANE
DUANE

@Varun – Last but not the best. Strange isnt it: when RJIO has so much TIME and LEARNINGS from AIRTEL, then VODAFONE then IDEA and now BSNL and yet… I am ready to place a stake on it: they will still have 1-2 disasters. Wait and watch.

Amygdala
Amygdala

Faith in BSNL restored!! I am using BSNL maharashtra as secondary number and it was slumbering for past 2 months.. After reading some positive comments about BSNL, I gave it a try too..Yesterday I kicked this old horse for a ride with validity recharge and some STVs and I made many call from it while I was in Nagpur, Maharashtra to my college friends on their BSNL number ..In one instance, I talked continously for 88 mins without call drop.. For the first time in my life I didn’t shout while on BSNL to BSNL call, there was very little… Read more »

Matthew George
Matthew George

Amy,please see this;
i65.tinypic.com/33aa2ol.png

Amygdala
Amygdala

If it’s HSPA+ then symbol above should be H+ not ‘H’.. I am getting H symbol with HSPA for CellOne network in engineering mode..
Dial *#*#4636#*#*

Matthew George
Matthew George

Bro,just look at network type.HTC E9+ shows only ‘h’ sign,my phone never shows h+ even on my Vodafone number also.

Maghsood
Maghsood

To check in htc&lg.go to settings>about phone>network>mobile network area.It shows hspa for normal HSPA coverage,HSPAP for hspa+ coverage.

Jyotirmoy Manna
Jyotirmoy Manna

You are right. Read my comment.

Jyotirmoy Manna
Jyotirmoy Manna

Whether it shows HSPA or HSPA+ depends upon the hardware/software though you may be on the same network or experience same speed.
As for example, my Canvas 2 shows HSPA but my friend’s Canvas 2plus shows HSPA+ but we are on the same bsnl Kolkata network and getting same speed.

Matthew George
Matthew George

Dear Jyothirmoy,did your friend’s phone show HSPA anytime? U mean HSPA + full-time on BSNL ?Vodafone ICRA with idea in Kerala shows hspa+ all the time in my phone when I use Vodafone.My phone shows both hspa and hspa+ in various locations for BSNL.

Jyotirmoy Manna
Jyotirmoy Manna

Thanks for a detailed review.
We hope Bsnl will improve in all the circles and give some competition to other players.

DUANE
DUANE

@Amygdala – I agree with you! Someone who cant launch even after 3-4 years is *definitely* not worth waiting for.

>> Go to hell Rjio!!

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