BSNL playing defensive, will launch 4G by March 2016 to take on private telcos : Report

Bharat sanchar nigam Ltd. the largest PSU has declared that it will launch its 4G services in 14 circles where it holds spectrum in band 41 by the end of current financial year which is around March 2016.


This comes as a reaction to the 4G launch plans by private operators and BSNL’s fear of losing out subscribers to them through MNP. Bharti Airtel has already launched 4G operations across India while Reliance Jio and Vodafone have declared their services will go live by December. Idea cellular has also made a press statement saying they are well placed to take on the 4G competition from these operators.

“We will launch competitive tariff plans to match Reliance Jio and other private telecom service providers’ pricing, be it 4G or 3G, by the end of this year,” BSNL chairman-cum-managing director Anupam Shrivastava told Economic times.

BSNL holds 20MHz of spectrum in 2500MHz band (Band 41) in 14 circles after it surrendered its BWA spectrum in 6 circles for a refund (some of which were in band 7 while the remaining were in band 41). BSNL plans to launch operations on this band and price its services in the same range as Reliance jio, the latter holds spectrum in three frequency bands 2300MHz (Band 40) 1800 MHz (Band 3) and 850MHz (Band 5).

Shrivastava further said, “We are taking Wi-Fi route for our 4G services and also talking to telecom operators for spectrum sharing.” Wi-Fi technology connects through 2G or 3G network and acts as a 4G hotspot to delivers high-speed data services to consumers.

BSNL says it has plans of sharing spectrum with Reliance Jio but it is unclear how it plans on doing that since the 4G spectrum held by both operators are in different bands and the cabinet has only approved the sharing of spectrum in the same band and disapproved spectrum leasing of any kind. The state-run operator is also evaluating device-bundling options for 4G services and is currently in talks with various device manufacturers for consumer-friendly schemes.

“We compete with each other and share infrastructure with Reliance Jio as well. In today’s scenario, it should not be seen as a competition as the objective is to serve consumers,” Shrivastava said.

BSNL is completely restructuring itself to revive its operations in India and turn its profitability charts around which have been registering a year on year decline since 2009. BSNL has launched pioneer schemes like Pan India roaming free for its wireless subscribers and Night time calling free for its landline subscribers, as a result of which the company added 16 lakh new customers in July and 15 lakh in August 2015.

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Veterans day
September 15, 2015 9:32 pm 9:32 PM
I haven’t used YU pick up services as I didn’t ran in to a big problem & I won’t ever use it as they would most probably only swap & replace it with Refurbished ones.I haven’t used Redmi 2 Prime can’t cmt much abt it.My YU Yuphoria has support for all Rjio’s LTE Bands viz Band 3,Band 20 & Band 40 but not Bsnl’s LTE Band 41 and my frnd has YU Yureka but too bad his Yureka only supports LTE BANDS 3 & BAND 40 at the same time I don’t know whether Redmi 2 has support for LTE… Read more »
Madhan Kumar
September 16, 2015 11:19 pm 11:19 PM

An exact copy paste of my below cmnt,I wonder why?

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Mahmood Junaid
September 10, 2015 11:19 am 11:19 AM

Bsnl coming up with 4g!!!! I hope it will be the most unreliable 4g network in the world… Don’t waste taxpayers money in investing for band 41.. With that money expand your 3g network to every nook and corner of the country…

Joseph John
September 16, 2015 7:38 pm 7:38 PM

Well said Mahmood.

Instead of investing crores and crores of money for this useless 2500 Mhz 4G network they should invest this money for the betterment of their pathetic 3G network in India…!!!

Abishek Naagendra
September 10, 2015 5:25 pm 5:25 PM

Stop taunting!! BSNL is a PSU… It’s profits can be used by the Government… But Government doesn’t give anything to BSNL… It may give loans… But that doesn’t matter… Your money is wasted only by corrupt politicians… Learn something before commenting stupid comments everywhere… Sorry for speaking like this… I’m not usually like this… But you people are making me speak like this… Government never forced you to use BSNL… If you worry your tax is being used by BSNL, then file an RTI now and get the details…

Madhan Kumar
September 10, 2015 6:57 pm 6:57 PM


September 10, 2015 4:31 pm 4:31 PM

It is going to be most reliable 4G network. Have faith in BSNL, as the organization believes in providing affordable and efficient services to the all sections of the society.

Madhan Kumar
September 10, 2015 4:44 pm 4:44 PM