BSNL to shutdown its WiMax broadband services in few circles due to low usage, will offer alternative solution to customers

By February 18th, 2016 AT 8:05 PM

BSNL will be closing down WiMax service in those areas where there is poor loading and will offer alternative solution like 3G or ADSL broadband. BSNL started offering WiMax as its wireless broadband solution using BWA spectrum assigned by the Government of India. However, BSNL received very poor response from customers as it was offering same broadband plans on WiMax and coverage was very limited. In the meantime, private operators who won BWA spectrum in 2009 auction went for 4G LTE network which turned out to be the 4G standard across the world overthrowing WiMax.

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BSNL had surrendered its BWA spectrum in 6 circles blaming it was allocated spectrum in the less efficient 2600 MHz band instead of the 2300 MHz one that’s allocated to private operators. BSNL now plans to use the rest of the BWA spectrum for 4G LTE network, and closing down its WiMax service in these circles is the first step.

The state-run telco was the first in the country to deploy 4G service using wimax technology on broadband wireless spectrum allocated to it. It however later surrendered Broadband Wireless Access (BWA) spectrum in Gujarat, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kolkata.

Except six telecom circles, wimax service is now available in 14 BSNL telecom circles. It is currently serving around 1.15 to 1.2 lakh customers on wimax network across 14 telecom circles. As per media reports Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) will be closing down Wimax service in Rajasthan, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Chhattisgarh telecom circles where there are less customers and loading is very poor.

Last month, the company did a soft launch of 4G service in Chandigarh on the same model using LTE technology.

An IT professional who has got great passion for telecom. Has been closely watching Indian telecom space since 2009.

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Dr.Sundaram M K

I am having WiMAX connection for the last 3 yrs. Day before yesterday BSNL office phoned up and told me that the connection will be cut off on 15th Dec. But it has stopped the service since morning today. Idiots. I have broadband connection with my PC. I needed another connection for the office work of my son. I was prepared to take anew phone connection. But they told me no cable awailable to give me another landline. So they offered WiMAX. The website says they will make alternate arrangement for WiMax users. The local BSNL office says they will… Read more »

Prashant Fauzadar

First let me LAUGH – HA HA…….., in 3 cities (in july 2015) I went to get Wi-max connection – Khurja, Bulandsahar, Agra – What the SDO said – you arrange for device and then they will activate connection on the device (and there is no device available in market).

They do not have devices for last 8 months – and now they say are closing service due to poor request/response – HA HA HA.

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