After Punjab, state-run BSNL has chosen Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Tamil Nadu, amongst different southern states, to be the primary to obtain 4G companies when it launches in December, officers stated.
They added that the corporate has mapped massive elements of those states to put in the towers. This contains greater than 4,200 4G websites in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. “In lots of locations, 4G tools is being put in in new towers beneath the Common Service Obligation Fund (USOF) of the Division of Telecommunications (DoT),” an official stated. The fund is the primary supply of capital for the central authorities to construct telecommunications infrastructure.
The corporate is eager to launch 4G companies in telecommunications circles with larger revenues, and the southern states are on that record.
The corporate witnessed large subscriber losses in circles like Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and Chennai on account of lack of 4G companies. It additionally hopes to incentivize present customers to retain BSNL companies in circles the place revenues have been rising lately. As a part of the 4G community pilot mission, the corporate has deployed 200 websites in three districts of Punjab. It now plans to put in 3,000 4G towers within the state.
A pilot program has additionally been run in Haryana.
BSNL’s plans to launch 4G companies have been repeatedly delayed. The transfer comes years after 4G know-how was rolled out by the three personal telecom service suppliers – Reliance Jio, Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Concept. BSNL officers stated the final deadline of December could possibly be maintained as operational challenges are resolved rapidly.
The BSNL board and subsequently a gaggle of ministers awarded a Rs 24,500-crore contract for a TCS-led consortium, which incorporates CDOT and Tejas Networks, to provide 4G tools for 1,00,000 new telecom towers. The contract additionally covers community tools value round Rs 13,000 crore, in addition to third-party objects and a 10-year Annual Upkeep Contract (AMC). In June, the corporate had issued an advance buy order (APO) value round Rs 19,000 crore to TCS and government-run ITI Ltd to acquire tools.
BSNL has began providing free 4G SIM card upgrades to its customers in choose circles. Upgrading from a 2G/3G SIM card can even present customers with free 4G knowledge and three months validity.
In all these circles, the corporate plans to rapidly improve its 4G companies to 5G by June 2024. BSNL might begin superior testing of 5G community tools by February 2024, Enterprise Normal reported final week. CDOT is working to make sure that.
The federal government first introduced a Rs 69,000-crore revival package deal for BSNL and MTNL in October 2019. Final yr, it authorised a second revival package deal for BSNL and MTNL value Rs 1.64 trillion.
The transfer elevated BSNL’s licensed capital to Rs 2.1 trillion, from Rs 1.5 trillion. The Union Cupboard additionally authorised allotment of 4G and 5G spectrum to BSNL by fairness infusion.
In June, the Cupboard granted the telecom firm Rs 89,047 crore as a part of the third restoration package deal.
Consequently, BSNL has began producing working earnings since FY22. Its whole debt has come down from Rs 32,944 crore to Rs 22,289 crore.
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