BSNL publishes report of cities covered under 3G service as per roll out obligation

By December 22nd, 2015 AT 11:35 AM

The government had allocated 3G spectrum to telecom service providers in the auction in 2010, with specific roll out targets for the winners. Even though BSNL got 3G spectrum without participating in auction, roll out obligation is applicable to BSNL. In view of this, BSNL has published report of cities covered under 3G service as per roll out obligation.

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3G spectrum roll-out obligation
The roll-out obligations for 3G spectrum mandate that winner of the spectrum required to provide at least 90% coverage of the service area within five years for metro circles. For other circles, the winner of spectrum need to ensure that at least 50% of the District Headquarters (DHQ) in the service area will be covered using the 3G spectrum within five year. Of the 50% DHQ, 15% should be in rural Short Distance Charging Areas. The coverage of a DHQ would mean that at least 90% of the area bounded by the municipal/ local body limits should get the required street level coverage. The choice of DHQs/ towns to be covered and further expansion beyond 50% of DHQs/ towns is up to the operator.

If the operator does not achieve its roll out obligations, operator will be allowed to operate for a further period of one year by making a payment of 2.5% of the successful bid amount per quarter. If the operator does not complete its roll out obligations even within the extended period of one year, the spectrum assignment shall be withdrawn. The five year time period was completed in August 2015, but DOT is yet invoke the roll-out obligation clause.

All Circles 3G Services Monthly Data (NOV-2015)
S.NName

LSA

Name of

Circle

Total no of DI-IQ to be coveredTotal no of

Towns/Cities as per census

2011

Cities / Towns covered under 3G services
  1. a) Number of District

Head Quarters covered

Number

Towns/Cities Covered in lieu of DH

Number

Towns/Cities covered other than those

During the monthCumulativeDuring the monthCumulativeDuring the monthCumulativeDuring the monthCumulative
1234567891011
1HR1815417901800161
2HP125904801200036
3J&K2212215212200030
4PB24223010002400076
5RJ33297010103300068
6UPWUPW3510310189022000167
7UAL07801300065
Total0267035000232
8UPE47181560470018109
9ASS27214011602700089
10BHBH62427011403800076
11JKD05402400030
Total0168062000106
12KOL1001010000
13NENE-I5519136002702331
14NE-II1331240009
Total49315102340
15OR302232143030002113
16WBWB2592309002200068
17A&N05020102
Total09502401070
18MPMP686580198050000148
CHG17301800155
19Total1271068001203
20GUJ293622197029002168
21MH35605253710370025334
22AP243530459024000435
23KER165260392016000376
24KTK30347011303000083
25TNTN34110709203100061
26CH TD01020300099
Total0194034000160
GRAND TOTAL6277822543416262403522789

Note:- At present 24 DHQs are there in Punjab telecom circle and all are covered for 2G & 3G services.

BSNL has reported that it has covered 624 DHQs out of the total 627 DHQ to be covered under 3G roll-out obligation. It has further covered 3416 cities and towns in India with 3G service out of 7822 total cities and towns as per census 2011 data.  BSNL has thus met and exceed roll-out obligation by covering 99.5% DHQ and 43.67% cities and towns across India.

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