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10 June 2016

BSNL to launch PAN India 4G on FDD-LTE technology, plans to commission 10,000 4G towers in the initial phase

National telecom backbone and India's One and Only NGN Service provider, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) plans to roll-out PAN India 4G services on FDD-LTE technology.

BSNL to launch PAN India 4G on FDD-LTE technology, plans to commission 10,000 4G towers in the initial phase

As per the latest information, BSNL has floated Detailed Notice Inviting e-Tender (DNIT) on 18th May 2016 against Phase VIII.4 Project for expansion of existing UMTS (3G) Network of BSNL along with Replacement of phase IV 2G equipment. As part of the said project BSNL is planning to introduce 4G LTE services on FDD-LTE technology.

The purchase is estimated to be worth more than $1 billion which includes planning, engineering, supply, installation,testing, commissioning and  annual maintenance of 3GPP mobile network expansion with 2G/3G/4G network equipments for about 31.02 million lines in North, East, West and South Zones.

BSNL to launch PAN India 4G on FDD-LTE technology, plans to commission 10,000 4G towers in the initial phase

BSNL plans to add around 22,517 new 3G Node Bs and 10,000 4G e Node Bs across all telecom circles.
BSNL will accept bids for new equipment purchase till 1st July 2016.

BSNL Telecom Circle Tentative Plan for 3G (No. of Node Bs) Tentative Plan for 4G (No. of e Node Bs)
Andhra Pradesh 1282 1150
Karnataka 946 534
Tamil Nadu 1428 566
Kerala 1083 662
Chennai TD  463 288
South Zone Total 5202 3200
Rajasthan 1770 328
Haryana 639 232
Himachal Pradesh 305 74
UP (West) 664 324
UP (East) 1449 350
Uttranchal 223 122
Punjab 1224 362
Jammu & Kashmir 340 108
North Zone Total 6614 1900
Andaman & Nicobar 80 30
North East - 1 294 98
Assam 285 272
Odisha 348 430
Jharkhand 249 290
West Bengal 962 200
North East - 2 95 88
Kolkotha TD 745 226
Bihar 429 266
East Zone Total 3487 1900
Gujarat 1948 1068
Maharashtra 2979 1184
Madhya Pradesh 1453 528
Chhattisgarh 834 220
West Zone Total 7214 3000
GRAND TOTAL 22,517 10,000

The PSU is mainly focusing on expanding its mobile network to increase its data handling capacity. On 14th May 2016, BSNL's total mobile data consumption reached its peak at 301.86 TB with South Zone registering the highest data usage of 135.56 TB. BSNL witnessed a steady growth of 65% in data volumes on year to year on basis. South Zone registered more than 100% rise in data volumes on year to year basis.

BSNL registered an operating profit of Rs 672 crore during the last financial year, while its gross revenue from services grew 4.16% to Rs 28,645 crore. The company is expecting to cross revenue of Rs 30,000 crore in the year ended on 31st March 2016, up 3-4% higher than last year.

As per the latest TRAI telecom subscription data for the month of March 2016, BSNL activated 15 lakh new mobile connections and tops in monthly growth rate beating Airtel, Vodafone and Idea.

Dear readers, please share your views and opinions about this latest news from BSNL via comments with us.

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  1. Please provide coverage in our area.

  2. If they're rolling out 4G on 2500MHz, very poor choice, low indoor coverage and very, very few devices support 4G in that band...

  3. Bidyut Kanti SinhaJune 21, 2016 at 8:20 PM

    Very good news, keep it up

  4. Please coverage in our area 690101


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