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

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.


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.

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Prashant Fauzadar
March 6, 2016 12:54 am 12:54 AM

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.

anish kr sahu
February 19, 2016 12:04 pm 12:04 PM

Thank GOD as finally bsnl is going to close thier wi.max service in jharkhand.becz its poor service ..hope they soon close the GSM service….

S Gopal
February 19, 2016 4:17 pm 4:17 PM
Shutting down BSNL GSM service? I do not think that is going to see the light of the day in the near future, especially, since their GSM network has seen improvement, although a lot more is still required, across India. Anyways, I have been a BSNL GSM user for more than a decade, probably since inception of their GSM services, and there have been lows in their period, call drop, bad coverage both 2G and 3G but there have been highs too and the situation is overall now in the bad going to good phase than it in worse or… Read more »
Mridul Sachan
February 19, 2016 7:11 am 7:11 AM

Thank god as they are not closing it in y cirle UP west. It is tge only option that we have for heavy data downloading.