BSNL likely to launch 4G in India by September 2022

BSNL likely to launch 4G in India by September 2022

Government-owned telco Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) is likely to roll out its 4G services by a timeline of September 2022. The estimated incremental revenue was about Rs 900 crore in the first year from the rollout, the Parliament was told on Wednesday. Minister of State for Communications Devusinh Chauhan, in a written reply to the Lok Sabha, said that there is no proposal under consideration for disinvestment of BSNL and MTNL.

“BSNL has estimated that with pan-India 4G rollout, an incremental revenue of around Rs 900 crore is expected in the first year from operations,” Chauhan said. BSNL invited Expression of Interest in January 2021 for Proof of Concept (PoC) for Indian companies interested in participating in its upcoming 4G render.

News agency PTI cited the audited financial statement of BSNL for September 30, 2021, according to which the assets of BSNL and MTNL were Rs 133953 crore and 3252 crore respectively for March 2021. The liabilities for the company as of September 30, 2021, were Rs 85721 crore and Rs 30159 crore respectively.

Earlier in October, the Department of Telecom secretary made the first test call on indigenously-developed 4G technology installed in the BSNL network for trial. BSNL is conducting a Proof of Concept (PoC) with Tata Consultancy Services and state-run telecom research organisation C-DOT in Chandigarh. Telecom Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw in a tweet noted, “Made first call over Indian 4G network of BSNL (Designed and Made in India). PM @narendramodi Ji’s vision of Atma Nirbhar Bharat taking shape.”

An official statement said that the first test call was made from a 4G network which is designed, developed, and made in India, under installation in BSNL at Chandigarh. “K Rajaraman, Secretary Telecom Government of India, originated an IP video call from the equipment under installation to the Honorable Minister of Communication, IT & Railways Shri Ashwini Vaishnaw. Data browsing and video streaming were also demonstrated,” the statement said. Meanwhile, private telcos Airtel, Jio, and Vodafone Idea have successfully carried out 5G trials in metropolitan cities of India.

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