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

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.


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.

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January 13, 2016 8:28 pm 8:28 PM

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

January 14, 2016 7:56 pm 7:56 PM

@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.

January 13, 2016 6:10 pm 6:10 PM
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 »
January 14, 2016 7:59 pm 7:59 PM

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

>> Go to hell Rjio!!

Jyotirmoy Manna
January 14, 2016 6:50 am 6:50 AM

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

Matthew George
January 13, 2016 7:30 pm 7:30 PM

Amy,please see this;

January 13, 2016 8:30 pm 8:30 PM

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#*#*

Jyotirmoy Manna
January 14, 2016 6:47 am 6:47 AM

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
January 14, 2016 9:03 am 9:03 AM

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.

Matthew George
January 13, 2016 9:04 pm 9:04 PM

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

Jyotirmoy Manna
January 14, 2016 6:58 am 6:58 AM

You are right. Read my comment.

January 14, 2016 6:55 am 6:55 AM

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.

January 13, 2016 4:31 pm 4:31 PM

Forgive me if it sounds dumb. Today I noticed that few people are digging and laying down 2 types of cable (1 with green cover and 1 with blue cover). It continues till nearest city which is 30km away and in some places where they have covered the cables has big holes. Is it for 4G purpose?

January 14, 2016 6:08 am 6:08 AM

@abishek.Jio using green&blue pipes for ofc.Idea using yellow&blue.In my area both of them lying pipes.

January 14, 2016 6:29 am 6:29 AM

Presently they are using one pipe for ofc,other one for future use.Jio have right to use Rcom’s ofc network,but they are lying cables separately.

Matthew George
January 13, 2016 5:39 pm 5:39 PM

Yup..I think so…Through that pipe OFC is drawn.Just ask the workers which operators’s cable is that,me too now feeling curious about it.

January 13, 2016 6:17 pm 6:17 PM

But bro, Abhishek is from Karnataka right? So, it’s definitely not BSNL… Must be either Airtel or RJIO…

January 13, 2016 5:50 pm 5:50 PM

It’s a small town in Karnataka and has only Bsnl and airtel 3g. I’ll be surprised if it’s for 4g.