BSNL Now Seeks Additional 5MHz Spectrum in 2100 MHz Band for 4G Roll Out: Report

State-run telecom operator Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has reportedly sought additional 5MHz spectrum in the 2100 MHz band through the equity route for a pan-India rollout of 4G services. The telco, which currently offers 2G and 3G mobile services, already has 5MHz spectrum in the 2100 MHz band, and an additional carrier would be sufficient to get its 4G project rolling initially.


BSNL currently has ten crore mobile customers in the country.

According to a PTI report, BSNL’s Board of Directors had on December 21 cleared the Detailed Project Report (DPR) that entails all aspects of the project, including capital expenditure and other expenses. BSNL Chairman and Managing Director Anupam Shrivastava told the wire service that “the board has approved the DPR and the same will be submitted to the government shortly.”

BSNL, according to Shrivastava, is seeking spectrum in the 2100 MHz band for all circles, except Rajasthan, where the company is looking for spectrum in the 800 MHz band.

The total cost for acquiring additional 5MHz spectrum in the 2100 MHz spectrum would be about Rs 9,600 crore. Shrivastava said that BSNL expects to pay half of this amount through equity route by issuing additional shares to the government if allowed, and the rest through revenue generated from the business.

“The only financial support that we are seeking from the government is for spectrum,” Shrivastava was quoted as saying.

BSNL had previously urged the government to allot its 700 MHz spectrum through the equity route, which it said would help it launch 4G service in the country, allowing to compete with the likes of Airtel, Vodafone, Idea Cellular and Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Jio. Notably, the super premium 700 MHz band went unsold after in the spectrum auction last year. The band was put up for sale for the first time at a reserve or base price of Rs 11,485 crore per MHz.

The report added that BSNL has also prepared an aggressive Wi-Fi blueprint and has already rolled out 16,000 hotspot sites.

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December 27, 2017 11:07 am 11:07 AM

State-owned BSNL is set to launch its 4G services from Kerala next month, followed by Odisha.

The telecom corporation hopes that the ensuing 4G launch on Long Term Evolution route will enable its mobile customers to enjoy faster data speeds and improve its user experience.

“We are going to start 4G from Kerala. That will be our first circle on 4G LTE. We will initially focus on those areas where 3G coverage is low,” BSNL Chairman and Managing Director Anupam Shrivastava told .

This will be followed by Odisha, a revenue positive circle for BSNL, he added.

Mahmood Junaid
December 26, 2017 8:59 am 8:59 AM
Please govt dont give bsnl anymore spectrum as it would turn a national waste.. Bsnl’s 3g spectrum in almost all parts of north India is being wasted. Bsnl will never provide an efficient service.. Bsnl is loosing 60000 wireline broadband customers every month on an average and 130000 landline connections each month continously.. They are really paying the price now for providing slow and poor broadband services to the rural side of India where they had monopoly.. Bsnl’s mobile broadband customer addition has stagnated for last 6 months after AVOID turned aggressive in price war.. In early days of Jio… Read more »
December 26, 2017 3:44 pm 3:44 PM

BSNL should surender precious spectrum they was wasting in 850 & 1800
MTNL is doing much worst than anything they are left with active subscribers counts in thousands.

December 25, 2017 4:14 pm 4:14 PM

launching 4G services for just name sake on 5 MHz BW would be no better than 3G.

December 26, 2017 10:45 am 10:45 AM

They already have 5 MHz in all circles..they are asking for additional 5 MHz to launch 4g on 10 mhz

December 26, 2017 3:45 pm 3:45 PM

What about 3G?