BSNL is all set to test a 4G solution that is locally developed on live network soon. In doing the same, it would be using equipment, that Centre for Development of Telematics is developing along with Tata Consultancy Services.
- The equipment is already tested to be able to handle calls amounting to 10 million simultaneously on static network.
- Once this live network test emerges successful, a broader rollout can commence, as per word from a company official who refused to be named.
What is on cards?
The testing might begin around next month and will commence with 50 units. Tata Consultancy has already updated BSNL on the final stages for tie-ups it is working on with three manufacturers on contract for these radio units.
- In order to boost manufacturing Tejas Networks, a Tata Sons unit is also on board for locally manufacturing these network equipment.
- BSNL additionally has plans for launching around 100,000 sites for 4G with estimated costs ranging between ₹15,000 and 16,000 crore.
- BSNL has been a loss making entity for a long time bow and ever since 2019, it has had plans to foray i to 4G. However, it ran into technical issues in 2020 during a tender.
Thus, thus rollout has seen delays because of the ample time needed to test equipment. Another reason that led to delays is price negotiations. However, finally there has been some consensus over the deal on the 100,000 sites, thay would comprise 40 watt units.
Once this 4G rollout begins, 5G can be brought in simultaneously post testing. The pricing can later see finalization. The successful rollout for BSNL 4G will empower India further and out it at par with China, USA, Finland, Sweden and South Korea. The telecom sector sees dominance from Swede Ericsson, Finnish Nokia and Chinese Huawei along with South Korean Samsung.
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