It seems that BSNL (Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited) is planning to move ahead with a pace of progress. During the launch of 3G network in India, BSNL had priced their USIM at Rs 200. Now, when it’s time to launch the 4G network in the country their SIM is only priced at 10% of the previous price, which is Rs 20 only. BSNL is expanding its 4G network to provide their customers with impeccable 4G experience. The public-sector telco is all set to install 10,000 4G eNode-Bs in the East, West, North and South Zones. The phase 8.4 tender for the same project has been finalised upon by the telco.
Subscribers of BSNL who would like to transition to 4G services and take full benefit of the new network will need to exchange their existing SIM for the new 4G USIM. It is notable that subscribers will be unable to access the 4G network via their old 2G/3G SIMs. The plagued days of BSNL are finally over, and after a lot of clarifications, only the new 4G USIM card which will be introduced in the market will have more slots to work in all 2G/3G and 4G in various circles in the country. The BSNL SIM cards (4G USIM) come regardless of memory size and are of fourth form factor, same as the existing 4G SIM cards of other telcos.
This new low price of the 4G SIM cards by Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited is bound to increase the awareness among people about the new 4G network and is also expected to bring some subs in for the company. BSNL has already started their 4G network in states like Kerala and Karnataka is planning to complete their setup of the 4G in the entire country by year-end. Also, it is worth noting that the effective price of Rs 20 of the new USIMs will be applicable starting April 9, 2018.
Do make a note that BSNL has not launched 4G services in the country yet and there’s a fight going on between the state-run telco and the government for the allocation of 4G spectrum to the telecom operator. A while back, BSNL launched 4G services in Kerala circle with the existing 3G spectrum, and they commissioned the first 4G tower in Karnataka state.