BSNL to invest Rs 2500-cr to install new sites, WiFi hotspots & fiber by March

In a bid to keep up with the competition, Government-owned telecom operator Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) will invest Rs 2,500 crore between October and March to expand mobile network, install Wi-Fi hotspots besides bolstering core network. The ailing telecom operator has already invested Rs 1,500 crore during the first half of the fiscal in these projects in the country.


Besides this Rs 4,000 crore investment for the full fiscal-year, the telecom operator is also pumping Rs 3,000 crore for government-funded projects, such as installation of mobile towers in Left-Wing Extremist states, BharatNet and Defence’s network for spectrum project, according to BSNL Chairman and Managing Director, Anupam Shrivastava. Shrivastava told PTI that BSNL is laying of optical fibre and investment in related network equipment’s under the core network expansion.

The telco, under its GSM expansion project, will install 20,000 BTS this fiscal to improve service quality, and most of these would be installed between now and March, the executive said.

BSNL recently said that it will increase its mobile broadband capacity by up to two-fold to 600 terrabyte in a month in a bid to stay relevant in the country and to better compete with private players that are already offering 4G services.

BSNl, which has already installed 2700 Wi-Fi hotspots in India, has plans to install a total of 40,000 such hotspots by March 2018 through a strategy which comprises a mix of capital expenditure (capex) and operational expenditure (opex) models.

Under the ‘opex model’, Wi-Fi hotspots are installed, managed and run by franchisees for a period of five years. The franchisees are also responsible for sales and marketing activity and operate on revenue-sharing model. Under the ‘capex model’, BSNL creates and owns these hotspots. The telco will be using these hotspots for data offloading purposes, a move which will help ease burden on macro sites or cellular sites.

For instance, if a BSNL customer enters our Wi-FI zone, the data session will be seamlessly transferred to the hotspot, and the usage will be part of his data package.

Bharti Airtel and Vodafone India, the country’s two leading telecom operators, are already offloading data in metro cities, albeit at a small scale. Their joint venture, Firefly Networks, is currently looking after the deployment of these hotspots.

Reliance Jio 4G, the 4G entrant, also has plans for data offload, and it has already announced Wi-Fi data usage as a part of tariffs announced last month during the launch. Jio has a plan to install a million Wi-Fi hotspots across India by mid 2017.

Jio is also in the process of connecting the majority of India’s schools and colleges with Wi-Fi to provide broadband wireless data access to students in their classrooms.

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Bipin Chaudhary
October 13, 2016 12:13 pm 12:13 PM

Bureaucracy is taking the company towards a downfall

October 13, 2016 5:41 am 5:41 AM

What a worthless operator., its been so much time that BSNL had signed 2G Intra Circle Roaming Agreement with Vodafone, but still BSNL or Vodafone users cant latch onto each others networks.. The reason for delay in everything is ofcourse BSNL.

October 13, 2016 12:14 pm 12:14 PM

So much time?? please tell us the exact date if you know too much… And did you understand technicalities of how telecom network works???

So brother, instead of just blaming BSNL, see positive changes happening and give some more time……

October 13, 2016 3:13 pm 3:13 PM
[email protected] Tell me what kind of positive change you see in BSNL mobile ? have their 3G network improved ? Do people started getting 3g network inside their homes or offices ? How much time they are going to take to upgrade their 3G network strength ? Thats why i said reason for delay in everything is because of BSNL… They just dont care, customer is having people, let it be, coverage not available, let it be, Jio 4g launched, let it be…. we at BSNL have took an oath that we wont improve.. world will change, 4G, 5G, 6G… Read more »
October 14, 2016 10:08 am 10:08 AM
First of all, in your reply, you didn’t gave exact date. And I and most customers of BSNL seen improvements in each & every service of BSNL mobile here in GUJARAT. And regarding your point of BSNL launched 3G ahead of private operators and not improving, that’s because how, earlier Government fu**ed up BSNL everyone knows. ( Don’t took this comment as political one), but it’s known fact. And it’s because of BSNL all are getting incoming free calls, 3G, rural coverage, and most important one Ethical practice in service. What I am saying is, all have suffered due to… Read more »
Abishek Naagendra
November 5, 2016 7:29 pm 7:29 PM
I don’t see any change in Chennai. U know what? I got so religious by using BSNL. Cuz every time I send a message, or make a call in emergency, I’ve to pray for that message to be delivered. No 3G indoor coverage in Chennai when Airtel manages to provide 4G in 2300MHz! Everytime I see a post regarding the investments made by BSNL for expanding coverage, I sincerely hope that I get some indoor coverage. But, everytime I don’t see any change. I’ve complained 3 years ago. A team of higher authorities came to my home in a car,… Read more »
October 13, 2016 3:06 pm 3:06 PM

@tri_vis: Ya sure i dont understand the technicalities of how telecom network works, but i knw one thing for sure, that people are upgrading to 4g network and using it and BSNL users still dont get 3G network indoors…. they provide no solution to the customers, i dont see any positive changes happening in BSNL, there are positive changes happening in our telecom environment but BSNL is not at all a part of this positive change…

October 13, 2016 6:44 pm 6:44 PM
@Kaushik Can you tell me any stable 4G network which cover at least 30% of geographical area. I am uploading the screenshot(took from inside the office) of my mobile screen. You can see the strength of BSNL 3G. Can you tell me an data centric operator with country wide Optical fiber network other than BSNL, Airtel,Reliance and Jio? If BSNL Network is very why you are try to latch to BSNL network from Vodafone network?I am using BSNL 3G for last 2 years, I can see the improvement. I can also say BSNL 3G speed is far better than Airtel… Read more »
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October 13, 2016 9:42 pm 9:42 PM
@RIJUBSNL launched 3G way before private operators did… there was no excitement in people no promotions, and the mobile market was still the same that time, bcoz BSNL 3g was so bad that it didnt made any impact on people, on mobile phone market on anything. but when private operators launched 3G, thats when people got excited,, started buying 3G phones, market got flooded with 3G mobiles and new ear of high speed internet started in india… One thing is for sure, BSNL has always been one impactless operator, it spoils the excitement of new techonology as it presents it… Read more »
October 13, 2016 9:26 pm 9:26 PM
@RIJU: First of all, BSNL is a government company… so first thing that there should be no biased services all over india from BSNL, but BSNL is so biased in its own country, in southern india it operates good whereas in northern india its services are so bad, come here to states like Haryana, then you will know how bad BSNL is.. I respect airtel vodafone idea jio etc. because no matter what, they try to provide best services in every circle… there must be some difference of services in every circle but atleast they listen to their customer and… Read more »
October 13, 2016 5:10 pm 5:10 PM

I agree with you Kaushik. BSNL is taking it for granted. This is not a biased opinion but am observed first hand fact.

October 13, 2016 9:26 pm 9:26 PM

yeah 🙂