Bharat Sanchar Nigam Restricted (BSNL) will quickly have 4G companies, Minister of State for Communications Devusinh Chauhan mentioned throughout the Rajya Sabha’s Query Hour on Friday. The state-owned telecom operator has been struggling to compete in opposition to non-public gamers in India for the previous few years. On account of dealing with financial and subscriber-base losses, the federal government determined to merge BSNL with Mahanagar Telecom Nigam Restricted (MTNL). In the course of the Query Hour, the minister additionally mentioned that 5G companies in India will start by the tip of this yr.
“The 4G service on BSNL will start very soon, almost by the end of this year,” Chauhan mentioned whereas responding to Uttar Pradesh MP Kunwar Rewati Raman Singh throughout the Question Hour — with out giving any clear timeline. The minister additionally famous that the federal government is working in direction of bettering the community service of the telco.
In contrast to different telecom operators, BSNL doesn’t have 4G connectivity on a pan-India foundation. The telco in 2019 anticipated to complete its 4G rollout in 2020. It was additionally deliberate to float a tender for 50,000 4G sites in late 2019. Nonetheless, the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) cancelled the 4G tender for BSNL in 2020. It additionally reportedly deliberate to exclude Chinese language firms from the 4G tender for the operator.
Chauhan had said in a earlier Query Hour in February that BSNL was ready to compete with non-public telecom service suppliers and had a share of 10.15 p.c of all phone subscribers within the nation. He additionally famous that the lack of the operator declined to Rs. 7,441 crore in 2020–21, from Rs. 15,500 crore in 2019–20.
In accordance to the current data shared by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), BSNL has greater than 11.43 crore wi-fi subscribers within the nation, with over 11.75 lakh added in December.
As well as to talking about BSNL’s 4G rollout, Chauhan mentioned that the federal government was set to begin 5G companies within the nation by the tip of this yr. He famous that the nation already has 98 p.c of cell connectivity protection.
Operators together with Airtel, Jio, and Vi (Vodafone Idea) are conducting 5G trials within the nation and dealing with telecom gear producers to kick off their companies for the next-generation mobile expertise.
Nonetheless, the preliminary rollout of 5G companies within the nation is anticipated to be limited to metro and big cities, whereas different areas would get the protection someday subsequent yr.