BSNL to also launch its 4G services in Odisha soon.

Currently, the telecom space is going through a tectonic shift as they move to 4G from 2G and 3G. After Jio, Airtel, Vodafone, and Idea, State-run telecom services provider — BSNL is now gearing up to launch its 4G services. To start, Kerala will be the first circle that will get BSNL’s 4G LTE services, followed by Odisha. This information is confirmed by BSNL Chairman and Managing Director Anupam Shrivastava to PTI, however, he didn’t mention date on when they will actually launch their 4G services. But what is confirmed is that the roll out may start in January 2018.

Shrivastava said, “We are going to start 4G from Kerala. That will be our first circle on 4G LTE.” This will be followed by Odisha, a revenue positive circle for BSNL, he added. The State-run telecom operator further notes that they will mainly focus on areas where 3G coverage is low.

BSNL hopes that the ensuing 4G launch on Long Term Evolution route (a standard for high-speed wireless communication) will enable its mobile customers to enjoy faster data speeds and improve its user experience. The company also believes that shifting to 4G will help them to counter other existing 4G service providers like Jio, Bharti Airtel, Vodafone and also Idea and will also be able to bring out cheap 4G plans every now and then.

BSNL is aiming to expand the 4G service to rest of the country in the forth coming days, but in order to do so, the telco believes that they require additional spectrum. For the same, BSNL is seeking another 5MHz spectrum in the 2100MHz band, which the telco wants to fund by offering additional equity to its promoter, the government.

“Once the additional 5MHz spectrum comes to us, we will start rolling out in Bengaluru, Hyderabad and other places. So the network will become 2G, 3G, and 4G with enhanced data capability,” says Shrivastava. BSNL is planning to bring in a separate brand identity for 4G services as well – which the telecom operator may announce at the time of rollout of services.

As of now, BSNL has over 10 crore mobile customers across India — except Mumbai and Delhi circles, and is now planning to roll out 10,000 4G mobile towers by March the coming year. “Once the additional spectrum comes in, this number will rise,” adds Shrivastava.

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