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“On a shorter scale, the launch (4G) is expected in August while on a large scale, it is likely at the end of the year,” Pravin Kumar Purwar, BSNL president, told ETTelcom, adding that the he idea was to switch to 5G (fifth generation) from 4G quickly.
The public telecommunications service provider has already issued a purchase order to Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) to deploy up to 6,400 4G network sites. The Mumbai-based TCS-led consortium included the state-owned Center for Telematics Development (C-DoT), which provides a locally designed and developed core network.
BSNL, following a proof of concept (PoC) on the 2100 MHz spectrum in Ambala and Chandigarh, ordered 6,000 sites and another 400 to be deployed on the 900 MHz waves.
The official added, however, that the ongoing trade talks would soon be finalized.
Earlier, C-DoT Chairman Rajkumar Upadhyay said that with a transparent network scalability roadmap, BSNL’s 4G network would be upgraded to non-standalone (NSA) 5G by the end of the year. end of 2022 and towards autonomous 5G (SA) by 2023.
The state-controlled telecommunications company also plans to place an order for another 6,000 telecommunications sites next month in a bid to further proliferate the network nationwide, bringing the number of sites to 50,000 over the course of the year. of the 2022-23 financial year.
With 50,000 network sites, the telecom operator expects its revenue to be inflated by almost 20% in the 2023-24 financial year.
However, the state-run telecom company has yet to finalize its pricing plans for the ambitious commercial launch of 4G-backed data services.
“BSNL always designs its tariff considering its consumers as supreme. Today, we are a competitive player in the market and believe in value for money for customers,” Purwar said.
With the strengthening of the enterprise segment, the official further said that it has a robust wired network, adding around 100,000 new fiber connections every month.
Thus, BSNL is not only preparing for mobile, but also expanding in the fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) sector, he added. The telecommunications operator also expects to take a step forward with the commercial launch of next-generation data-centric services.
In July 2021, BSNL had asked the TCS-backed consortium to conduct a PoC to prove the capabilities of the network.
In January last year, the telephone company issued a detailed notice inviting an electronic tender for the planning, testing, deployment and annual maintenance of its long-awaited 4G network in four operational areas in plus Delhi and Mumbai circles for 57,000 sites on a turnkey basis, and offered national companies and consortia to conduct a PoC.