BSNL receives fresh Pan India liberalised spectrum for 4G services

BSNL receives fresh Pan India liberalised spectrum for 4G services

State-owned telecom operator BSNL has long since been demanding 4G spectrum to be able to compete in the market which is dominated by private operators. BSNL held only one 20 MHz block across 14 circles in the 2500 MHz band which was feasible for 4G services since the only other alternative liberalised spectrum it held was one 5 MHz block Pan India in the 2100 MHz band which it is currently using for 3G services and the operator would have to shut down 3G if it wanted to use that spectrum for 4G.

It has now become clear after the release of the NIA that the DoT has allotted fresh liberalised spectrum to BSNL for launching its 4G services Pan India. The state-owned telco has been allotted an additional block of 5 MHz in the 2100 MHz band in 20 telecom circles (including Mumbai but excluding Delhi and Rajasthan) it has been allotted a 5 MHz block in the 850 MHz band in Rajasthan and a 10 MHz block in the 1800 MHz band in Delhi circle with a 20 years validity up to 2040.

Circle2100 MHz1800 MHz850 MHz
Delhi10
Mumbai5
Kolkata5
AP5
Gujarat5
Karnataka5
Maharashtra5
Tamil Nadu5
Haryana5
Kerala5
MP5
Punjab5
Rajasthan5
UP East5
UP West5
West Bengal5
Assam5
Bihar5
HP5
J&K5
North East5
Odisha5
Details of freshly allotted 4G spectrum across 3 bands (all figures are in MHz)

For the uninformed, the PSU’s administratively allotted spectrum expired along with its UASL license in February last year but the DoT asked the operator to continue offering 2G services uninterruptedly. Subsequently, last month DoT renewed BSNL’s license to UL and converted the existing spectrum holdings to liberalised with 20-year validity effective from 29th February 2020. But the existing 900 MHz and 1800 MHz spectrum are being used by the operator for 2G services which need to be continued for the sake of the large 2G subscriber base.

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Aryan
Aryan
18 days ago

So when wil they start pan India 4G services and after that the places where at present having 4g services wil get gud signals/service ( actually in my area Visakhapatnam tagarapuvalasa 4G available but signals frequently changes from 4G to H+ sometimes to E )

Kazz
Kazz
Reply to  Aryan
11 days ago

Let them onboard the equipment vendors first. Plus there are so many bureaucratic hurdles, with BSNL and DoT have locked horns in regards to the LTE core, and whatnot. Still miles to go….. unfortunately.

Aryan
Aryan
18 days ago

Hi… Finally it’s happy to hear tat BSNL gets oxygen ( 4G spectrum allocation) … Sry actually bcz my query or complaints whatever it’s not related to ur article above..but I want to share n ask question abt BSNL FTH service… I’m from Visakhapatnam,tagarapuvalasa… In my area bcz of non availability of reputable company broadband services and I’m being a customer of BSNL prepaid since 12 yrs I’m decided to take BSNL FTH service ..I registered tru online n got registered number 2 mnths back…I did it couple of times…but I didn’t get any cal from BSNL for verification/confirmation.. Finally… Read more »

Aryan
Aryan
Reply to  Esmail Beguwala
18 days ago

Tnq yar … yeah govt should do it as soon as possible in the intrest of not let wasting people’s money esp taxpayers money..( for giving revival plans repeatedly)

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